National Integration Council member and secretary general, All India Christian Council (AICC), Dr. John Dayal appealed the Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi to intervene Manipur government’s threat of displacement to Naga river village to build a 5 Star Hotel at Imphal.
Civil Society fact-finding team visited the village on July 27 and the report was submitted to Sonia Gandhi, National Commission for Minority and Scheduled Tribe Commission.
Naga river village is 100 years old with a population of 500 in 32 houses consists of all major religions including Hindus, Muslims and Christians who are in a majority. Ethnically, they represent as wide a diversity including Meiteis, Nepalese and various tribes of Nagas and Kukis. There are three churches, one temple and several graves.
All India Christian Council welcomed Manipur Government’s desire to have 5 Star Hotel at Imphal, especially with view of ongoing “Look East” projects. However it felt the present 4.5 acres of land occupied by Imphal Hotel was more than enough and much larger compared with many 5 Star hotels built in different part of country.
“We have found the hidden agenda of Manipur Government’s plan to convert Imphal Hotel into 5-star category. According to notification by Under Secretary Tourism to Director Tourism dated June 9, 2011, it is clear the intension of the government is to acquire Naga river village to make way out for 5 Star Hotel and lease out to some wealthy individual,” says Dr. John Dayal.
“Manipur Government’s plan to destroy three churches in Naga river village in making of 5 Star hotel is a living example of how the Manipur Government has treated the interest of the Christian minority in the state,” says Madhu Chandra - Public Relation Officer of All India Christian Council and Spokesperson of North East Support Centre and Helpline.