Mao community to leave from Angami areas, SAPO directed

Mao community to leave from Angami areas, SAPO directed

Kohima: The Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) has asked the people of the Mao community living under Angami jurisdiction in Nagaland to return to their ancestral villages in accordance with customary law.
The organization alleged that the Maoist Council had failed to evacuate and withdraw the Manipur security forces deployed in the disputed Kezoltsa.
A press release received by SAPO President Er Tepul Hopovi and General Secretary Suyol Pochu said the action was aimed at reducing the escalating tension, preventing untoward incidents and protecting Mao citizens living under Angami jurisdiction.
It may be recalled that the Angami Public Organization (APO), mediating for SAPO, had on January 20 issued a deadline to the Mao Council to withdraw the Manipur Rifles/Police stationed at the disputed site of Kezoltsa and its Take full responsibility for withdrawing all safety equipment Kozürü/Kazing on or before February 20.
In response, the Mao Council through a letter dated February 10 informed the APO that it had approached the Manipur government in this regard and met Chief Minister N Biren Singh on February 8 with a joint representation. During which he was told that the police force/government property is constituted to protect the state borders – but as requested, the matter will be looked into.
The letter added that further, “For the noble purpose of finding a solution to the land dispute between the related tribes in accordance with customary law and practices, the Chief Minister assured the cooperation of the State Government in which 144 CrPC has been implemented in this area.”
It added that the Chief Minister of Manipur has assured that he will direct the Senapati District Administration or the Superintendent of Police to contact their counterparts in Nagaland to ensure that the disputed areas through the APO Facilitates easy conduct of survey/visit.
Joint representative signed by Mao Council, Mao Naga Women Welfare Association and Mao Naga Students addressed to Chief Minister of Manipur with copies to Governor of Manipur and Senapati MLA from Manipur Government to Manipur Rifles/ Asked to withdraw the police and all his security. Equipment installed in Kozürü/Kezoltsa and Dzükou area.
The representation highlighted that “the decision given by the Tenyimi Public Organization (TPO) on the captioned land dispute was not accepted by both MC and SAPO. However, the APO acted as an arbitrator to resolve the said dispute.” has offered a good position, which has been welcomed by the Mao Council.”
Accordingly, the organizations met on two occasions, with the latest meeting on April 28, 2023, where the Maoist Council was asked to formally appoint the Manipur security forces deployed in the disputed area with the Government of Manipur, it said.
“However, before we could submit the application to the GoM, communal clashes broke out in the state of Manipur,” the representative said.
In view of the above, the Joint Representation has asked the Chief Minister to issue necessary orders for the withdrawal of Manipur Security Forces/Security Apparatus in the said area to “facilitate the visit of the area by APO and TPO officials can be easily carried out. Thus facilitating the resolution of the dispute and the restoration of relations between the parties to the dispute.”

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