Erabot flays release, advocates common law
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 14: Terming the release of thirteen NSCN (IM) members by the State Government as recognizing ceasefire extension to boundary of Manipur Wangkhei assembly constituency MLA Yumkham Erabot attributed absence of common land law to feeling of distrust among one another.

Speaking to media-persons today, Erabot mooted that framing charges against the arrested persons and releasing through legal courts and advise would have been a positive step instead of hasty and rash decision.

Convening Cabinet meeting after unconditional release of the armed underground activists is a futile exercise unacceptable to the general public, he said.

Referring to the CM's first assertion of the arrested persons being released owing to instruction from the Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and later clarifying that release decision was taken to preserve the integrity of Manipur is a vivid example of double standard adopted by O Ibobi, charged Erabot.

Attributing loopholes in the existing land laws as a major factor for threat to the integrity of Manipur and feeling of enmity between the hill and valley people the MLA stressed on rectifying and replacing it by framing a common land law.

He said process to amend error filled Manipur Land Revenue and land Reform Act 1960 was placed and enacted as Bill by the State assembly during the Chief Ministership of RK Dorendra in 1997-98 but was withdrawn when RK Ranbir assumed took over as Manipur Chief Minister.

As long as the Act is not amended efforts of several organization and respective Governments to strengthen feeling of brotherhood amongst various community of the State would not bear fruit, observed the MLA.