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SAYO Imposes Total Blockade on Mao (manipuri tribal) Community

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal, 1st June,2015: The Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) has decided to impose a “total blockade on the Mao Community” within the southern Angami territory beginning 5:00am of June 1. This decision was taken during a meeting held on May 31, after learning that the Committee for Koziirii-Dzukou Land Boundary Resolution (CKDLBR) was set to impose an economic blockade in Manipur state beginning from the midnight of June 1.
It may be noted that the CKDLBR had imposed the blockade in protest against the alleged encroachment into parts of the Duzkou valley belonging to Manipur by the southern Angami people from neighbouring Nagaland. The CKDLBR had also demanded that the Manipur government deploy security forces in the Dzukou areas and immediately put a stop to the road construction works being taken up by the people from Nagaland state.

A press note from the SAYO reasoned that the total blockade has been called on the ground that the Mao Council has “dragged other non Nagas into the issue by constituting CKDLBR which include the Meteis who are alien to Naga customs.” The SAYO stated that the southern Angami “uphold and stand by the Naga traditions and customs in every spheres including traditional land holding systems.” However, it alleged that the “Mao Council encourages and supports the Metei traditions and customs.”

It further alleged that the Mao Council had “distorted with the facts, truth and history of Kezoltsa and Dzükou in order to snatch our ancestral properties.” The SAYO also termed that CKDLBR economic blockade as an “act of extreme provocation.” Therefore, it reasoned that total blockade on Mao community “is the demand of the situation.”

The SAYO demanded that the Mao Council spell out in clear terms “whether Kezoltsa and Dzükou are Manipur land or not.” It also called upon the Mao Council to “immediately stop any developmental activities and projects (road construction) at Kezoltsa; be it funded by private, State or Central Government.” It asked the Mao Council to declare before the public “whether they respect and honour Naga traditional boundaries.” The SAYO also demanded that the Mao Council make a “public declaration whether they are Meteis or Nagas.”

Meanwhile, the SAYO has asked travellers passing through the southern Angami territory during the duration of the blockade to keep in their identity proof in their possession. This, it stated would be necessary in order to “avoid inconveniences.”
Source: North East Today       

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