Tribal bodies seek President’s intervention

IMPHAL,9th oct: Various apex organisations from the hills have urged President of India Ram Nath Kovind to “immediately intervene” in the ongoing Manipur University impasse. The hill based organisations also demanded that a “separate hill tribal central university” be set up at the earliest for the tribal people of Manipur.

In a joint memorandum addressed to Ram Nath Kovind, which was made available to Newmai News Network on Tuesday evening, United Naga Council (UNC), Zomi Council (ZC), Hmar Inpui, General Headquarters (HI-GHQ), Mizo Peoples’ Convention, Manipur (MPC) and Thadou Inpi, General Headquarters (TI-GHQ), under the banner of Outer Manipur Tribals’ Forum (OMTF) urged the President of India to initiate “necessary prompt action with all seriousness” on the issues.

In the memorandum, the five signatories said that OMTF “seriously viewed the chaos created by some students, teachers and employees of Manipur (Central) University, the ‘Highest Temple of Wisdom’, spoiling the precious career of hundreds of thousands of promising students just to meet their selfish and ill motivated agenda”. The five hill based organisations then demanded that, a “separate Hill Tribal Central University be set up at the earliest for the tribal people of Manipur”.

They also demanded that the central government should take up all the pending CBI cases “lodged against the officials of the Manipur Central University effecting from October 13, 2005” and book the guilty according to the law of the land immediately.

The five-hill based organisations then demanded that an independent high power committee be constituted by the government to investigate in order to bring normalcy and solve the entire “chronic problems” of Manipur Central University once and for all.

“In view of the above mentioned points and circumstances and to maintain the sanctity of the Manipur Central University, attention of the Honourable President of India is grabbed to take up necessary appropriate prompt action in the best interest of the student community and also to bring back normalcy in the university,” the memorandum added.

The memorandum was jointly signed by Thadou Inpi president Stephen Thangtinlen Haokip, Mizo Peoples’ Convention, Manipur president Vanlalrinliana, Hmar Inpui, General Headquarters president Joseph Lalrothang, Zomi Council chairman John K Ngaihte and United Naga Council president Gaidon Kamei.

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