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KNA, HTC seize compensation cheques
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 27:
Published on 27 Feb. 2010 10:58 PM IST
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Hundreds of tribals in Chandel district of Manipur Saturday marched on the streets of Moreh, the border town of Manipur as the controversy over the alleged seizure of land compensation cheques by cadres of the Kuki National Army and Hill Tribal Council (HTC) has been magnifying. Compensation amounts for 45 acres of land affected in the construction of Integrated Check Post in Moreh near the international border gate no. 1 were handed over to the 405 affected families in the form of cheques on February 18 and 19. More than 45 hectares of land at Moreh, near border gate no. 1 was acquired for construction of the integrated checkpost by the state government after paying compensation at the rate of Rs 66 per square feet to the landowners. On Thursday last, leaders of the Joint Action Committee Integrated Check Post Affected People president Semjathang Haokip and general secretary Ngamjathang Lungdim informed the media that compensation cheques issued by the district administration to the affected families have been collected by the cadres of KNA and HTC and were refusing to release the cheques unless they were paid half the sum for each cheque. However, cheques issued to the non-tribal families were not seized. However, the same was refuted by the HTC alleging that the president and general secretary had thrown the allegation with the instigation of the UKLF, a rival group of the KNA. Semjathang Haokip and Ngamjathang Lungdim are at present in the custody of the UKLF. Demanding release of the two, around 300 affected people marched down the streets today shouting slogans. Protestors alleged that the president and general secretary of the JAC were forced to expose the seizure of the compensation cheques to the media.

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