S Singlianmang Guite
Lamka, Jun 25(TSE): Pressing a panic button over the villages that were declared overlapping and left
off in the census exercise of the district, Churachandpur District Students Union today said these villages have never a part and parcel of the valley district and accused the government of discreetly seeking to grab tribal land.
'The so called overlapping areas had never been under the jurisdiction of valley district administration in the past, including the Maharaja regime and continues to be part and parcel of tribal areas in post independence period,' the union said. These operations among the districts of Manipur are attempts to encroach and grab the tribal lands in Sadar Hills, Chandel and Churachandpur districts, it added.
Besides, the CDSU statement signed by its President and Secretary and appended along with the lists of the villages in question also accused the concern authority of clandestinely scheming plans to grab tribal lands collectively with some vested interest group.
In the light of their observation, the union said it decided to oppose the exercise and request the government to hold up the census operation until the matter is solved favourably.
'Any attempt to test the patience of the tribal people will be dealt with firmly,' it warns further.