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Manipur to verify Naga encroachment at Dzukou

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, May 22 � Manipur Government is ready to conduct a physical survey to verify the report of encroachment of land on Manipur side at the picturesque Dzukou valley, a popular tourist destination located between Manipur-Nagaland.

�A proper survey of State boundary at Dzukou valley will be conducted soon after the ADC election in the State in order to resolve the border dispute and encroachment of land,� Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh told media persons on the sideline of the death anniversary of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi observed as Anti-Terrorism Day at Congress Bhavan here on Thursday.

The Chief Minister�s statement came days after Mao Council announced a 24-hour Statewide bandh from midnight tonight, demanding intervention of Government of Manipur into the encroachment at Dzukou valley allegedly by Nagaland-based Southern Angami People�s Organisation.

Ibobi said the boundary issue is very sensitive and the State Government will not compromise the State�s territorial boundary at any cost. �If necessary, the State will seek Centre�s intervention into the matter,� he added.

He also made it clear that the Central Government should take the responsibility to control NSCN (IM)�s activity in the State as it is holding peace talks with the Centre.

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