Manipur government cautions people against violation of Supreme Court’s order

Imphal: The Manipur Home department, on Tuesday, citing a Supreme Court order of September 25 directing the state government to ensure protection of properties of displaced persons due to crisis, has cautioned the people against violating Supreme Court’s order.

The state government order came amid reports that properties belonging to members of one of the warring communities were being burnt or razed to the ground by the other at Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh in Tengnoupal district. The district magistrate cancelled curfew relaxation for Tuesday.

The Court’s order said, the situs of these religious buildings be protected from encroachment and the buildings be protected from damage or destruction.

“The Government of Manipur should ensure the protection of the properties of the displaced persons as well as the properties which have been destroyed or burnt in the violence and prevent their encroachment. In case any property has been encroached, the encroachers be directed to forthwith remove their encroachment, failing which the person concerned would be liable for contempt of court for non-compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court of India.”

The state government views the matter very seriously with utmost sensitivity as any such incident may further ignite or aggravate law and order situation in the state, the state Home department said.

It has advised respective deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to take action and to implement the directions of the Supreme Court of India.

“Anybody found violating the order shall be booked under relevant provision of law of the land for the time being in force and shall be liable for contempt of the Supreme Court of India,” the Home department said.

The state government also appeals to all concerned including public functionaries to comply with the Court’s orders to avoid any Contempt proceedings.

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