Following the conflict between the villagers of Gwaltabi and Manojang at Gwaltabi on March 20, a public meeting to persist peace and harmony of the villagers was held today at Gwaltabi Community hall.
It could be mentioned that on the evening of March 20 at Gwaltabi village, a conflict was led between the two villages over an argument of few drunken individuals which could have also created a communal clash between thinly populated Meitei and Kuki.
In order to strengthen the relationship of the villagers located at the two places and avoid such conflicts to repeat in future the meeting was today organised by Tellou Chana Seijang Gram Panchayat.
The meeting was attended by village chiefs, leaders, Pradhan and other elders and local meira paibi of Manojang, Gwaltabi, Urangpat, Yaingangpokpi, Sabungkhok Seijang, Leimakhong Mapal, Tepland, K Khonong, K Vaipheijang, members from surrounding villages and CSOs.
During the public meeting Pradhan L Dinesh said that the incident was regrettable and was originated from meagre issues which could led to inflict hatred among the different communities of the area. He further called for support from the CSOs and other intellectuals for bring peace and harmony in the area.
Sale and use of illicit drugs and alcohol should be banned in the area to minimise such conflicts said Urangpat village chief Limkhopao Mate and added that people of different community have been living with peace since time immemorial in the area. He also said that the dispute might not be occurred if timely reported to the concern village heads. Later he wished the last incident to be the last.
Chairman Yaingangpokpi Village committee Saikhom Tomba called for a joint committee inculcating members from all the in-habitating villages to jointly address such unwanted incidents in future. He urged not to motivate mob justice.
Later the meeting was resolved to reconcile the incident, to form a peace committee comprising of leaders of various surrounding villages and any unwanted or anti social incident should be first reported to the said committee.