CM Biren instructs immediate eviction of encroachers at Khasi inhabited villages in Manipur


Imphal: Responding to the plea of student bodies, Manipur chief minister N.Biren Singh has instructed the deputy commissioner of Tamenglong district to start eviction of illegal encroachers immediately from three villages of Khasi community.

The three villages were Khedagar Khasi Village, Kamrangha Khasi village and Abampunji Khasi village.

Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) submitted a memorandum for protection of the Khasi community inhabited villages in Manipur at Tamenglong- Jiribam border.

The memorandum demanded to ensure that the indigenous Khasi are free from any form of threat or intimidation from all quarters. It demanded to officially put a total immediate halt to all attempted encroachment by non-residents and others in Khasi designated areas.

It also demanded to conduct an eviction drive against illegal settlers and constructions present in all Khasi villages and to provide adequate security to all Khasi inhabitants of the region.

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Secretary general of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), Sinam Pakash on Saturday told reporters at the head office of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), here that the issue on illegal encroachment came to the NESO at the three Khasi inhabited villages.

In connection with the issue a joint meeting was conducted along with the representatives of Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), AMSU under the banner of NESO at Manipur University on Friday, Prakash said.

For the protection of the Khasi people who have been inhabiting in the area state since 1939-1940 as per British record, an 18-member team of KSU including KSU, Barak Valley Circle, Assam; KSU West Jantia Hills District Unit; East Jantiya Hills District Unit; KSU Central Executive Council, along with representatives of AMSU and NESO met chief minister N. Biren Singh at his office on Friday, he added.

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During the meeting KSU placed the present scenario that are facing by the Khasi community at the three villages. In the villages some illegal nearby residents from Jiribam started encroaching on Khasi lands in Khedagar village, Prakash said.

He appreciated the chief minister for taking immediate action and for instructing Tamenglong deputy commissioner to start eviction drive immediately to protect Khasi people of the area.

General secretary, KSU, Central Executive Council, Donald V Thabha said the Khasi inhabitants of Manipur had been settling since 1939-1940 as per record of British. He said at present the Khasi population in Manipur stands at more than 1,000 persons with more than 30 households.

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He said the Khasis in Manipur have been living peacefully until in recent years when nearby residents from Jiribam started encroaching on Khasi lands in Khedagar village. Under the threat of losing their rightful land from the massive influx of outsiders, the representatives of Khedagar Khasi village had sent numerous petitions to the concerned authorities to look into the matter and expedite necessary action. However no justice had been delivered to the indigenous Khasi settlers in Manipur, Donald said.

Like the Manipuris are the guardians of Khasi community in Manipur, Khasi people are the guardians of Meitei community in Meghalaya who are inhabiting as minority, he added. He appreciated Biren for his immediate action.


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