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SAPO lifts ban on Mao community

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MARCH 20: The Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) has decided to lift the restriction imposed on Mao community within its jurisdiction with effect from March 21, following the advice of its parent body, the Angami Public Organization (APO).
According to a press release issued tonight, during an APO Extra-ordinary meeting held on March 17 last with its executive members, presidents of all frontal organisations, advisory board members and intellectuals, Angami Public Organisation (APO) resolved to take over the contentious SAPO matter at hand.
It may be recalled that SAPO had imposed restrictions on the Mao community within its jurisdiction to protest the unfair occupation of Manipur Government’s Armed Forces and imposition of CrPC 144 within the heart of Kezoltsa, which is currently in dispute, with the “deliberate intention to construct roads and carry out other development activities, slyly”.
The restriction on Maos was imposed from midnight of December 15, 2022 till March 20, 2023.
The interference of Manipur Government, conniving with Mao Council, was reacted in distaste as traditional lands straddle towards each other’s arbitrarily drawn political boundaries, the release stated adding SAPO never objected to Manipur Government holding its Cherry Blossom Festival, establishment of a Manipur Government School or other Manipur Government funded projects and developments carried out at Okhro Ikhro which traditionally belongs to Maos, though technically is in Nagaland.
SAPO also appreciated the magnanimity of Government of Nagaland as evident from awarding 16 Nagaland Government jobs to Mao traditional landowners at TB Hospital Khuzama, Nagaland, respecting traditional landowners and other privileges extended to the community on the basis of brotherhood, inspite of Article 371(A) strictures.
The SAPO looked forward to resolving the existing land dispute traditionally.
SAPO functionaries also met with the Chief Minister of Nagaland, and are grateful for his concern in the issue.
It further reiterated that redrawing political boundary of Nagaland or Manipur is not in its agenda.
(Page News Service)