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“No sacrifice of land on the MoU signed with Angamese bodies over Dzuko Valley”, says Chief Minister

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Imphal, Dec 21,

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that there is no question of sacrificing even an inch of land while solving any issue of the state.

“There is no sacrifice of land while signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Nagaland based Angamese bodies over the detention of MMTA trekkers in connection with the Sangai Festival at Dzuko Valley”, the Chief Minister said while replying to a calling attention motion by Congress MLA Md. Nasir.

Nasir while moving the call attention motion said that the MoU signed between the Southern Angamese Peoples’ Organization, (SAPO), Southern Angamese Youths’ Organization (SAYO) and Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) in the presence of a Minister of the Manipur Government mention that a part of the MoU said that SAPO and SAYO will be the legal custodian of the Dzuko Valley understanding the history of the Valley without mentioning ‘Nagaland part of the Valley’.

“The term “legal custodian of Dzuko valley” is nothing but surrendering of the Dzuko Valley to SAYO and SAPO”, Nashir said and added that even the MMTA had clarified that they have not seen the content of the MoU while singing as they are more anxious on saving their trekkers first.

Clarifying the Congress MLA, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the MMTA trekkers detained and later brought home, were arrested from the side of the Nagaland area in Dzuko valley after complaint by SAYO and SAPO to the Police Station regarding a wild fire at the valley on the day and naturally when it said Dzuko valley, it means the Dzuko Valley on the part of Nagaland.

The Chief Minister further said that the state boundary is clear and is with the Survey of India, however there has been a dispute over village boundary between Tunjoi and the Angami Village on the Nagaland side. The dispute began since 1985 and the government has every records of it.  N. Biren Singh added the government of Manipur has been urging the Central government and the Survey of India regarding the matter.

The Chief Minister also added that government is taking up all measures to build a Guest House at the foothills of Mount Isso and that it is on record that 1/3rd of the Dzuko Valley belongs to Manipur.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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