Deserted look at Kangpokpi district in Manipur on Wednesday Credit: Facebook

Imphal: The total bandh imposed by various civil society organisations of Kangpokpi district in Manipur under the aegis of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and Kuki Inpi over the disputed land for construction of National Sports University has been called off on Wednesday evening.

The decision to called off the agitation was taken during the ministerial-level meeting chaired by youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip in presence of forest and environment minister Awangbow Newmai, education minister S Rajen along with both district administration of Imphal West and Kangpokpi with the leaders of Kuki Inpi and KSO.

This was the second meeting held on two consecutive days, the first sitting being chaired by chief minister N Biren Singh to discussed on regarding the site dispute of National Sports University at Haraothel village, the first such varsity in the country.

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After a thorough discussion, it was agreed that the NSU shall be named as National Sports University, Haraothel, Kangpokpi district citing that the land ) was donated by the chief of L Tangnaum (Haraothel) while it was also agreed to recommend the renaming of the NSU to the ministry, said the statement.

It was also agreed that the demarcation shall be re-adjusted in the presence of education minister, forest and environment minister, Chairman, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council Kangpokpi, Imphal West DC, Kangpokpi DC, Kuki Inpi, KSO Sadar Hills and sports department to finalised the imbroglio once for all.

The apprehension of the villagers residing on the other side of the NSU Campus shall be re-demarcated from the Haraothel side of the land, it said.

It may be recalled following the total shutdown imposed along the National Highways 2 and 37 starting from Monday afternoon, normal life for the residents living in and around Kangpokpi district has been badly hit. Moreover, vehicular movement along the highways was disturbed leading to many stranded on the road.

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