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12 June 2014

Naga Group Calls For Bandh in Manipur

Imphal, Jun 12 : The United Naga Council (UNC) has called a 48-hour bandh in the 'Naga areas' of Manipur from June 16 midnight in protest against what it termed as "unabated communal actions and policies of the state government."

The council also wants to urge the Centre to intervene and address its key demand - Alternative Arrangement (AA) for Nagas in Manipur outside the state government's purview until the Naga peace process is completed.

The seventh round of tripartite talks with the Centre, state government and UNC to discuss the arrangement was held on February 6.

A statement issued by the council said that instead of amending the Village Authority Act, 1956, and empowering their traditional institutions which has been a long-standing demand of the tribals, the state government issued a memorandum on January 6 this year regarding of establishment of the village development committee in each village in the name of development.

It said that instead of strengthening the village council/village authorities, a parallel body with development functions was to be put in place. It alleged that it is a move to destroy the village system of the Nagas and the tribals.

"Every Naga village and tribe has its own distinct territorial boundary. The tribals have their own way of life. To them, the land and the people cannot be separated as their culture, tradition and identity are interwoven with the land," the statement added.


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