Manipur’s Dolaithabi villagers demand to remove buffer zone, construct permanent houses

Imphal: Villagers of Dolaithabi, Imphal East, Manipur has urged the state government and central government to allow them to enter their villages instead of declaring it as buffer zone.

The Villagers demanded to construct permanent houses at its villages that has been burnt down during the Kuki attack.

In the clash that was erupted on May 3, a total of around 35 households in Dolaithabi village was burnt down and around 139 population of the village have been staying at various relief camps.

One of the villagers, Puthem Muhindro of Dolaithabi village told reporters on Friday at Manipur Press Club, here that during the month of May, the entire villagers left the village to save their lives and take shelter in nearby villages.

He said most of the villagers are staying at different relief camps opened at Khundrakpam Assembly constituency and he is staying at a relief camp opened at NB College, Khundrakpam, Imphal East district.

Muhindro said their houses, granary and wood piles (domestic use) were burnt down on different dates during the month of May. Adding that, during the earlier days of the clash combined forces were deployed including state forces. However, after some days of the clash, 18 Assam Rifles has declared buffer zone starting from the Dolaithabi dam and no villagers are allowed to enter the buffer zone.

“We want to return in our village,” said Muhindro.

Dolaithabi is around 2 kilometres from the Kuki villages and in between the Meitei villages and Kuki villages other community like Nepalese are settled. He urged the state and central government to allow the villagers of Dolaithabi to enter their villages and to construct permanent house at their villages instead of pre-fabricated house which are constructed by the government for displaced people.

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