Senapati: The Naga People’s Organization (NPO), Senapati had appealed to reconsider the proposed total bandh that is scheduled from March 21-23 over the long pending land dispute at Kezoltsa (Koziiri).
In a letter addressed to the president, Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO), Solomon Arow, president, NPO, Senapati stated that the NH-2 which passes through Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) jurisdiction is the lifeline for the entire state of Manipur and more particularly for the neighbouring 5 constituent tribe units of the NPO including Mao Poumai, Maram, Thangal and Upper Zeliang of Senapati district all of which belong to the Tenyimi fold along with the Inpui tribe of Manipur State.
While land disputes among villages and tribes are not uncommon and should be settled amicably and in congenial atmosphere, the NPO is of the strong view that taking the protest against Manipur Govt into National Highway with total bandh would affect the normal life and livelihood of the people who depends on it and will result in loss of precious goodwill within the Tenyimi family, it stated.
Earlier, the SAPO has called a total bandh starting from March 21-23 to protest against the stationing of Manipur Police at the disputed area which is under arbitration by the board of Arbitrators of the Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO). A joint representation consisting of the presidents of the TPO, Mao Council, Maram Khullen and SAPO had reportedly submitted to the chief minister of Manipur on November 20, 2021 to remove the Manipur Police from the disputed area.
However, with no action taken, SAPO had called for a total bandh along National Highway.
In this connection, president of the NPO urged the TPO to intervene in the matter so that the faith and confidence in the TPO’s leadership and also in the spirit of brotherhood amongst the Tenyimi tribes is upheld while urging the TPO to expedite settlement of the land dispute at an early date so that such unavoidable situations do not arise in the future.