Manipur crisis: ‘No burial in disputed land’

Imphal: Law and Legislative Affairs minister, Th. Basantakumar Singh on Thursday said High Court of Manipur has directed Manipur government and central government and the Law enforcing agencies as well as the public belonging to Meitei and Kuki communities to maintain status quo ante of the land in question in the next date.

The minister was briefing the reporters here at DIPR, Manipur.

He informed that the High Court of Manipur passed an order in connection with Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No. 33 of 2023(International Meeteis Forum Vs State of Manipur & ors) on this day.

The court has directed the central and state governments to take appropriate effective steps to control law and order problem in and around of the land in question.

Further, the court has directed the government with respondents and any aggrieved parties to make an effort to make amicable settlement in this matter. The private respondents and all the representatives of the Kuki-Zo community are also given liberty to apply to the official respondents for allotment of land for the purpose of burial within a period of one week.  

Minister Th. Basantakumar highlighted content of a letter sent by Union minister of state, Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai which appealed to all concerned to maintain peace and communal harmony. The Government of India also seized of the issue of last rites of the mortal remains of those killed in the ethnic violence in Manipur and assured that it will spare no effort to resolve the issue amicably to the utmost satisfaction of all parties within a period of seven days.

Basantakumar appealed all not to rely on rumours but to go for authentic information. 

Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, minister (IPR), Manipur accompanied the minister (Education) during the press briefing.

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