ANSAM rejects NLFM's appeal
Supports Tamenglong and Chandel bandh

Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 24 2010: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has outrightly rejected the appeal of the Naga Leaders' Forum, Manipur (NLFM) to the Naga students to call off blockade.

In a press release, Vice president of ANSAM, Sounii Khapa said that the NLFM's concern is crocodile's tear.

He said, such a forum is nothing but a self-styled front flouted by some frustrated individuals.

Though any individual may have the liberty to form any organization by way of exercising their democratic rights, the Naga people are bound by the traditional customary practices of upholding the village decision.

The ANSAM vice president further said that the Naga frontal organizations upholding this principle after due consultation at the village and tribe level adopted a decision to reject the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council (3rd Amendment) Act 2008 in its present form and contents.

When the Government of Manipur fails to recognize and protect the rights of the tribal, the people's organization has no choice but to abide and uphold the people's decision to protect their inherent right to land and governance.

It is a shame for few individuals who are actually a member of the Indian Political Party in the guise of Naga Leader's Forum crying foul against the village decision to justify and legitimize their position in the party, which amounts to selling the rights of the hill people.

On the other hand, the Tangkhul Frontal Organisations (Against ADC Election 2010) has also rejected the NLFM's appeal for peace.

The TFO said that the Forum is without any root or authenticity and mandate.

There is no such organization mandated by the Naga public in the past or present stage.

Alleging that the economic blockade on National highway 53 and 39 is the repercussion to the government's failure to rectify the bill of ADC 2008 Act and restrictions imposed to the visiting NSF officials to oversee the situation of May 6 aftermath at Mao gate incident.

In a press release issued by President, TKS and Member Secretary of TFO, Wungnaoshang Shimray and president of TNL, Solomon Ningshen, the TFO finds unfortunate to have such "black-sheep" amid the co-Naga fellows at a time when Nagas' "just right" is deprived by the Meiteis.

The TFO sternly warns any person or mechanism distorting the historical rights of the Nagas in the name of democratic process.

The Nagas outrightly reject the ADC election and re-affirm to boycott the ADC election at any cost under the present form and content of ADC 2008 Act.

Expressing strong resentment against the arrest of two student leaders of Zeliangrong Students' Union, Manipur (ZSUM) namely Micah Kamei and Paul Maithoulung Gangmei from Tarung under Senapati District on May 20 by Manipur Police, the All Naga Students' Association Manipur (ANSAM) termed the arrest as politically motivated to intimidate the two dedicated student leaders working in the fore front to protect the rights of the students particularly in remote district of Tamenglong and Zeliangrong villages in Manipur.

In a press release, the ANSAM vice president, Sounii Khapa said that the two student leaders should be released unconditionally as they are promoters of student's welfare.

If their release is delayed, the ANSAM will be compelled to join hands with the ZSUM and other Naga Students Organizations to launch any democratic agitation.

ANSAM also extends support to the ZSUM's 48-hour lightning total bandh of NH 53 starting from midnight May 24 .

The ANSAM further endorses and extends its support to the 48-hour Chandel district bandh called by the Chandel Naga Civil Society Coordination Core Committee in protest against the imposed ADC election 2010, the press release said.