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Alleging that the total population of Gorkhas in the State have been exaggerated by some, the representatives clarified that the Gorkhas accounts for only about 50,000-60,000 of the total State population.
The memorandum submitted to the Governor on August 29 clearly indicated that the settlement of the Gorkhas in the State is in accordance with the provisions of various laws existing before the merger of the State into India in 1949 .
Gorkhas settling in the State were given the status of domicile in 1947, before Statehood.
Unfortunately, the total population of the Goths (Khutis) or the Gorkhas of the State were not recorded in the 1951 census as the Kangpokpi Gorkhas had moved towards Irang areas and into the interior jungles of Tamenglong district where enumerators failed to reach, following the De-reservation of Kanglatongbi in 1946, the memorandum stated.
The memorandum further pointed out that the Gorkha community of the State are equally indigenous as other communities living in the State and hence their Constitutional rights should be protected.
Source: The Sangai Express