CM urged to halt Chassad rehabilitation works

UKHRUL, 4th Apr: Four Longphang (zonal) organisations on Saturday urged chief minister N Biren for cessation/discontinuance of the ongoing rehabilitation activities at Chassad Kuki village in Kamjong district headquarters, warning him of mass agitation if the plea is not heeded.
"The ongoing rehabilitation work of Chassad village should be stopped until ownership of Sampui village over Hungdaram including present Chassad village site is duly acknowledged through an MoU between the two villages, witnessed by the district administration and neighbouring villages," said the four zonal bodies namely Ato, Aze, Zingsho and Zingtun Longphangs in a memorandum submitted to chief minister Saturday.
The zonal bodies also warned the state government about launching a mass agitation if the authorities fail to take necessary prompt action on the matter.
According to the demands of the zonal bodies, along with cessation of labour activities, transportation of building materials from Imphal to Chassad village for its rehabilitation should be stopped immediately.
Insisting that rehabilitation be taken up only after due acknowledgment of the rightful owner, the bodies continued that the number of households will be decided as per payment of Hill House tax during the last successive 20 years.
"Chassad Kuki village settlement is within the land ownership of Sampui village as decreed by various orders of the court of law. Hence Chassad village must acknowledge the rightful ownership of Sampui village," the memo continued.
Asserting that Chassad Kukis are not indigenous people, the memo claimed that even Eastern Kuki Chief Association (EKCA) had also agreed that they have no ancestral land in the Kamjong area in a joint consultation meeting of TNL and EKCA vide joint statement recorded on July 20, 2019 at TNL office.
"There is no document to prove that Chassad village is owned by them either by way of purchase or by inheritance while at the same time it is known to everyone that they are not indigenous people. In this, the government's rehabilitation work of Chassad village is likely to be misunderstood by Kamjong public in particular and the whole Tangkhul community in general, that the state government is helping Chassad Kukis in forcible usurpation of Sampui village land," it pointed out.
The general public of Ukhrul and Kamjong have taken a strong exception at the way building construction materials for rehabilitation of Chassad Kuki are being transported involving heavy vehicular movement and construction works being carried out without any restriction at Chassad, defying the current prohibitory orders, the bodies added.

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