Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang finds himself in a spot of bother after an FIR was lodged against him by a Manipur MLA for his alleged attempt to ‘breach’ the State’s unity and territorial integrity.
Speaking at a conference of Naga villages in Manipur on Wednesday, Zeliang had called for de-recognition of ‘artificial boundaries’ drawn across Naga ancestral land on the ground that the Naga villages were ‘village republics’ and never part of Manipur’s Meitei (Manipuri) kingdom.
‘The land, inhibited by the Nagas, was never part of the Meitei kingdom. It was brought under the geographical boundary of Manipur by the British for administrative conveniences. As such, the Nagas must not allow anyone to take away their land and administrative system,’ Zeliang had appealed.
Zeliang accused of sedition
In the FIR filed at an Imphal police station on Saturday, the Manipur MLA, L Ibomcha Singh of the Nationalist Congress Party, accused the Nagaland CM of sedition.
‘His speech was offensive and seditious in nature. It will create communal disharmony, particularly between the Nagas and the Meiteis,’ Ibomcha alleged.
Earlier, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, besides some Manipuri organisations and politicians, had slammed Zeliang.
‘Unlike Manipur (which was annexed with the Indian Union following India’s independence), Nagaland was never a nation. It was carved out of Assam (in 1963),’ Ibobi had retorted.