Federation of Haomee counters NNPGs Working Committee; says tell us your source of the press release or we will sue you

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Imphal: The Federation of Haomee in an open letter to the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups’ (WC, NNPGs) June 25 statement has clarified that it has never ever used the phrase “to defend territorial integrity of Manipur” and the same had been clarified in Ukhrul Times on June 12.

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Making its position clear, the Federation of Hoamee said, this is now the “second clarification made to all concern especially to the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups based in Nagaland, regarding the misconception on the phrase defending the territorial integrity of Manipur state which is coined by you.” it said.

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Reproducing the news item published by this news-site, Federation of Haomee quoting from the exact news published on June 12 said, “for your kind knowledge, Ukhrul Times reached out to Yazing Vicisy, Secretary General, Federation of Haomee over the controversy surrounding the news report clarified that the paper [The Sangai Express] misinterpreted the term ‘Iramdam’ in their statement. Iramdam ‘which means ‘my land’ is coined in our statement, but the meaning of this term was misconstrued. What Federation of Haomee meant in the statement was the land of individual villages. The villages signed the agreement as per their own village capacity and never intended the sense of ‘state’ nor the term Manipur was coined in the statement.

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Further, FH warned it would seek legal help if WC NNPGs will not help in providing their source it procured.

“The Tangkhul village chiefs (Federation of Haomee) and Meities as you mention is incorrect,” FH maintained.

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“Federation of Haomee is an apex civil society organisation of indigenous communities of Manipur. Whereas the Tangkhul village chiefs as you reported is not known and related to us,” it added.

“It is not possible by few villages’ decision to protect the entire of Manipur as you construe in your statement. Federation of Haomee had no such narrow intention,” Federation of Haomee said.

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