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SAPO declaration
Published on 5 Nov. 2008 12:38 AM IST
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Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) has in a declaration, reaffirmed their “age-old traditional right of ownership” of the entire Dzukou valley and Kezol area and declared that the organization does not accept the political boundary line dawn “arbitrarily” by the British regime without the consent of the Southern Angami people. The declaration signed by SAPO president Phelukhwe Kirha and general secretary Ketsodil Neikha stated that Dzukou valley and Kezol area were ancestral property where the Southern Angami people had exercised their authority as the only owner over the land by protecting the land and its resources prior to the arrival of the Britishers. Declaring that the line drawn on landmarks or watershed principle did not in any way alter the status of Naga villages in so far as their exercise of rights over the land was concerned, SAPO said it would not tolerate any attempts of ownership by other community or state such as “unrightful attempts being made by vested interest of Manipur State from time to time.” SAPO further informed that no individual or group/community or state agencies shall be allowed to take up any developmental activities without prior approval from SAPO.

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