Manipur government misled Prime Minister: Bijoy

Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may face legal complication as the state government provided wrong information provided in the recent inauguration and laying of foundation of developmental projects worth around Rs 3,500 crores.

This was stated by political analyst Chongtham Bijoy while talking to reporters at his Lamphel Khunou residence in Imphal West.

He said he appreciates Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inaugurating and laying of foundation stones of various developmental projects for Manipur, But, he may face legal complication for laying of foundation stones for construction of 60-bedded state mental hospital.

The inauguration and foundation stone laying of various projects were done under ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Manipur’ and Prime Minister in person conducted the programme virtually from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

Bijoy said in Lamphel Khunou there are 17 households belonging to 25 families. “Without the consent of the 17 households the state officials handed over all the pattas for construction of the said state mental hospital,” he alleged.

An eviction notice was also served to the 17 households under eviction case-2. In follow up of the case writ petition (c) number 159 of 2024 under High Court of Manipur before justice Ahanthem Bimol Singh on March 6 put status quo against eviction of the said area till March 20.

“While there is the High Court’s order to maintain status quo, the state government misled Prime Minister Narendra Modi and laid the foundation stone for construction of state mental hospital at Lamphel Khunou which is a disputed land,” he added.

The laying of foundation stone at a disputed land is contemptuous to Court, he added.

Bijoy said there are many unused land in the surrounding area.

In connection with the issue Bijoy has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The copy of the letter was also sent to Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey and chief secretary of Manipur, Vineet Joshi.

In the letter it is highlighted that “the selection of this village as the site for the Mental Hospital is a targeted and a vindictive move because there is another 50 bedded mental hospital just 300 metres away from the present earmarked site. It is hardly full throughout the year. I am referring to the RIMS Psychiatric ward. There are plenty of vast vacant land near this village. Nobody will be aggrieved if the said mental hospital is constructed there.”

Bijoy said on January 16, 2021 he submitted a memorandum to the chief minister requesting to allot patta to the residents of Lamphel Khunou. The process for allotting patta was initiated. However, on February 8, 2021 he was expelled from BJP.  All the documents that has already been initiated to provide patta to all the residents of Lamphel Khunou had lost.

He said even the director state health service and DC, Imphal West report in a field enquiry stated that the most suitable place for construction of State Mental Hospital is Lamphel Khunou residential area occupied by 25 families. A government should respect the law of the land, he added.

Issuance of eviction notice to the residence of Lamphal Khunou is election motivated matter, he alleged.

Many people are staying at relief camp due to the present crisis in the state. The case of Lamphel Khunou will be another category of people staying at relief camp, he added.

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