Reacting to the news ‘Land-grab: Meluri warns Manipur village’ that appeared in a local daily on January 13, Jessami Village Council (JVC) has alleged that the statement was “misleading” and hurt the sentiments of the village and Manipur state. It claimed that Meluri Village Council (MVC) had “twitchily created their own story based on their own imbalanced emotional imagery and not on factual happenings”.
Responding to the statement ‘Jessami villagers have been intruding into Meluri’s land engaging in illegal activities’, JVC maintained that the people of Jessami have never encroached or intruded into anybody’s land. The council alleged that Meluri villagers have been willfully claiming some of these areas and the dispute still remained unsolved. JVC further claimed that the demarcation agreement was not signed between the two villages on June 6 1994. On several occasions, both on personal and official levels, the JVC has initiated and invited its counterpart MVC for peace talk between the two villages, the people of Meluri have been adamantly opposing to the proposals, the release claimed.
Reacting to the news report that Jessami villagers “took the aid of Manipur police and even using the official pool vehicle of the DGP of Manipur” the council asserted that “defamatory statement has propelled a serious question in Manipur state” for smudging the office of the top police officer in the state and called for both the Manipur and Nagaland governments to take serious probe.
JVC in a release issued by its secretary, Nizote Mekrisuh has also invited the MVC for a straight talk to settle the issue of land dispute, acceptable to both the villages.