Sapo affirms to protect its ancestral land
Dimapur, Dec. 12 (EMN): The Southern Angami Public Organisation (Sapo) has reaffirmed to continue to defend, protect and preserve its ancestral land, its traditional boundary and all its resources.
The reaffirmation to this effect was taken following reports of unscrupulous elements/ agencies creating unpleasant situation within the Southern Angami traditional jurisdiction by trying to intrude into its territory without the consent of the land owner. A Sapo’s statement jointly issued by its president Vimezhol Theyo and the general secretary Mhalie Lüho claimed that those miscreants have purportedly tried to forcibly and illegally claim lands within its traditional jurisdiction by deliberately violating the age-old traditional agreements.
While denouncing such unlawful acts of aggression, Sapo stated that it would neither tolerate nor allow any land within its jurisdiction to be encroached upon.
Sapo has appealed to the Manipur government, agencies or organisations to restrain from such unwarranted and provocative acts of aggression which would only instigate more discord across the boundaries. It also appealed to the Manipur government to honour the age-old mutual concurrence with regard to tradition boundary practice by the neighbouring villages or community’s.
While cautioning befitting responds against any unlawful activities carried out within its jurisdiction by personnel from any agencies, state government, organisation or individuals, SAPO stated that it would not be held responsible for the consequences.
Sapo also urged any personnel of state government, organisation, or individuals to acquire permit from both Sapo and Nagaland government before entering Dzükou or any other areas falling under the traditional jurisdiction of Southern Angami villages other than the existing National Highway so as to avoid any untoward incident.
The organisation further appealed to all its citizens to be wary and prepared for any eventualities to defend its ancestral land from encroachers.
Sapo also mentioned that the Southern Angamis have been flourishing with well-defined traditional boundaries and peacefully co-existing with all its neighbouring villages and the neighbouring state since time immemorial. Sapo has acknowledged all neighbouring villages for honouring the age-old traditional boundary and protecting the bio-diversity resources particularly towards Dzükou and its surrounding areas for ages.