Rengkai (ZoramObserver.com): After 600 days, the agitating tribals in Manipur’s Churachandpur District today agreed to bury the mortal remains of the 8 martyrs who were killed in police firings during the “anti-tribal bills” protests.
The decision to bury the dead was agreed upon by the Joint Action Committee Against Anti-Tribal Bills and the Government of Manipur in the presence of a representative from the Central government.
“It is also agreed to perform honourable burial of eight dead bodies by JACAATB on or before May 25, 2017,” said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by various tribal leaders.
The signatories include: H. Mangchinkhup, chief convener, JACAATB; B Dawngzalien Simte, President, Simte Tribe Council; Vanlalrinliana, President Mizo People Convention; Chinlunthang, President, United Zou Organisation; T Khailianthang, President, Young Paite Association; H Pau Za Chin, President, Teddim Chin Union; and O. Nabakishore Singh, Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur. The signing ceremony was witnessed by A.N. Jha, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
The state government also agreed to provide ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and permanent employment to next of kin of dead persons on or before May 25, 2017.
In addition, the State government also promised to look into the demand for creation of a new district by the JACAATB. “This matter will be considered by the State Cabinet on submission of report by District Boundary Commission,” the memo stated.
The three controversial bills — the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015, and the Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 – were passed in a special session of the assembly on August 31, 2015, in response to the valley people’s demand for the implementation of an Inner Line Permit system in the state. However, these bills were seen as an attempt by the Meiteis to snatch tribal lands by the hill tribes. Read Full text of the MoU Here