The Manipur government is initiating strict action against unauthorized name changes of historical sites

The Manipur government on May 20 took strict action against unauthorized changes in place names, following a recent incident in which the name of the historic “Thangjing Ching” was changed. The state government ordered the registration of a Zero FIR after a gate named “Thangting” and attributed to the “Kuki National Front-Military Council” was built on Thangjing Hill, a protected site of historical significance.

According to the government, Thangjing Ching falls within the Churachandpur-Khoupum protected forests, according to a notification dated September 17, 1966, under the Indian Forest Act, 1927. The hill was declared a protected area by the Manipur Art and Culture Department. under the Manipur Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1976.

This unauthorized name change violates the provisions of the newly enacted Manipur Names of Places Act, 2024, and Section 4 of the Act, 1976. The government has emphasized that such actions are illegal and strict enforcement action will follow.

In a related development, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh tweeted about the incident and stated, “The state government has taken immediate steps to book any group or individuals involved in changing existing names without government approval. Among the Manipur Names of Places Act, 2024, a case has also been registered for changing Thangjing Ching, which is also a protected site, to Thangting.”

The authorities have applied for registration of a Zero FIR with the Imphal police station to address this violation, underscoring the importance of preserving the historical and cultural integrity of the state’s monuments.