Manipur government initiates for legal action against ITLF

Imphal: Appropriate legal action is being initiated against the Indigenous Tribal Leader’s Forum (ITLF) and person concerned for threatening Manipur government to set up a ‘self-government’ in Kuki Zo inhabited area if the demand of ‘separate administration’ is not fulfilled by next two weeks.

Law minister Th. Basanta Kumar said this while addressing reporters, here on Thursday.

He said Manipur government strongly condemns the recent statement of ITLF to declare ‘self-government’ in Kuki-Zo dominated area which aimed at vitiating and disturbing the law and order situation of Manipur.

The statement has no legal or constitutional basis. This irresponsible statement appears to be motivated and aimed at vitiating and disturbing the law and order situation of the state.

A meeting of ruling legislators was held on Thursday and resolved to condemn the statement of ITLF at the strongest term.

In a video, general secretary of ITLF, Muan Tombing said, “More than six months have passed since the ethnic strife started in Manipur but nothing has been done regarding our demand for a separate administration. If our demand is not heard within a couple of weeks, we will set up our self-government irrespective of whether the Centre recognises it or not.”

Basanta Kumar who is also education minister said regarding the complaint of a class XI textbook which allegedly distort history of Manipur, the state government has directed to stop selling the book titled as ‘History of Manipur’.

He said a committee has been formed and came effective in August to monitor similar types of books that could mislead Manipur history.

The committee will examine the book to take necessary steps, the minister said.

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