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PFPSD reacts to TTC; Sukhalu clan clarifies
Published on 3 Sep. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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Public Forum Pungro Sub- Division (PFPSD), reacting to Tikhir tribal council statement, Thursday stated that latter’s remark has tarnished the image of Pungro sub division people.
PFPSD president S. Kiusumew Yimchungrü and general secretary Kiremong said that if TTC was true to their statement they were invited to justify their stand.
Stating that there was no other second or third party on the issue of ownership of Pungro, the PFPSD warned TTC president Topan K. Tikhir and joint secretary Mark Murekiu Tikhir that failing to make their stand clear, they would be held responsible for any unwanted consequences.
Meanwhile, following publication of conflicting statements by Yimchungrü and Sangtam groups pertaining to Pungro land dispute issue in local dailies, the Sukhalu clan Thursday clarified that land was not allotted to Sukhalu by Sanphure village, as claimed by USLB, but it was occupied by Sukhalu by sheer courage and resilience.
A clarification statement issued by retd. PA to DC and head GB Kawoto village, H. Kawoto Sukhalu, on behalf of descendents of Sukhalu, pointed out that area was then unadministered and the land was not demarcated as areas, belonging to particular tribes. The Sukhalus also stated that then the land did not belong to any specific person or tribe unless occupied by someone, adding that there were no rules and territory was claimed through battle.
“Sukhalu was a powerful chieftain during those days and this is how he occupied the land in Pungro area,” said Sukhalu’s descendent.
Particularly referring to USLB claim that Sukhalu had got the disputed land after staying ten days in Sanphure village, the family clarified that Sukhalu never stayed in Sanphure village for the land.
“Our contention is that, if Sukhalu had got land from Sanphure village, how did he collect taxes from them. If Sukhalu ruled over the said area, only then would he be able to collect taxes,” the family contended, and said that when tributes and taxes were paid by surrounding villages to Sukhalu there was no question of land allotted to Sukhalu. They added that the claim of Sanphure village, allotting land to Sukhalu for establishing a village, was totally baseless.
They went on to clarify that villagers of Sukhalu moved from the area only after he was killed in battle over some taxation issues, and not over land issue as claimed by Yimchungrü Tribal Council (TYC).
The Suhkalus said that in 1920s, a brother of Sukhalu, one Nikiye, had gone to Pungro area to survey land for establishing a village. And, it was during this period that Nikiye was “murdered.”
Upon hearing the death of his brother, Sukhalu had gone to Pungro area and established a village on Januray 1, 1926, known as Sukhalu village.
After few years, the eldest son of Sukhalu also established Hutoi village, while Sukhalu continued to rule over the area for the next ten years and collected taxes from neighbouring villages, comprised of various tribes, the descendents said.
In light of their clarification, the Suhkalus said the land, which was in dispute, was paid at the cost of the lives of Sukhalu and Nikiye.

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