Makhan protests Sadar Hills distdemand

IMPHAL, Oct 6 : Coming out openly against the
Sadar Hills district demand, a protest
demonstration was today staged at Ma-khan by
people coming from around 117 Naga villages
located within the projected Sadar Hills district. The protest demonstration was participated by
several hundreds of people including school
students. The protesters put up placards and festoons which
read as, “Senapati district cannot be dismembered”,
“Sadar Hills district cannot be created without the
consent of Nagas”, “Administrative boundaries
should not be re- organised”, “SHDDC’s demand is
not supported by all the people” etc. Addressing a public meeting held as a part of the
protest demonstration, Liangmai Naga Council,
Senapati Zone chairman T Disinang said that they
kept silent on the issue for the UNC and other Naga
frontal organisations were fighting for the common
cause. “But now we have decided to openly protest the
Sadar Hills district demand, and hence the protest
demonstration”, Disinang said. Saying that they would never compromise their
land and rights, Disinang maintained they were not
objecting to any community’s agenda but only
protecting their land and rights. Saikul Area Naga People’s Organisation president
Chance Raikhan questioned if the SHDDC has any
hidden agenda behind the demand for Sadar Hills
district which they took up without ever bothering
to consult the Nagas. Contending that there were reasons for not
creating Sadar Hills district, Raikhan asserted that
State Government and Naga organisations have
signed four MoUs in the past. These MoUs clearly laid down that no new districts
can be created without the consent of Nagas, he
said. “That is why, Sadar Hills district still remains elusive
even though the same demand is 40 years old. If
the demand carries mandate of all the people, it
can be fulfilled in a day”, he asserted. It is only a matter of omitting the letter ‘A’ from
the present nomenclature ‘Kangpokpi ADC’, Raikhan
said. “Because we did not stage such open protest
earlier, the SHDDC simply presumed that their
demand was supported by Naga people of Sadar
Hills area”, he remarked. He asserted that it needs a joint consultation
between SHDDC and Naga people of Sadar Hills area
before the issue of Sadar Hills district demand is
settled. Condemning the alleged double-standard nature of
the State Government, Raikhan asked the
Government’s motive of accepting the Sadar Hills
district demand as genuine after it has signed four
MoUs with the Nagas, only to come up with the
idea of constituting the Committee on Re- organisaton of Administrative and Police
Boundaries. The State Government’s conduct is more akin to the
proverbial distribution of cake by a cunning
monkey between two quarrelling cats, and is
indicative of its sinister design to exacerbate
conflict between hill people. The protest demonstration culminated with
different slogans shouted in unison. They shouted slogans like, “Sadar Hills district
should not be created”, “Honour the MoUs” etc. The meeting agreed to stage similar protest
demonstrations in Naga inhabited villages of Sadar
Hills area.