Referring to local stories that nearby dormant volcano is waking up, thus causing the fissure, Ranjit said there is 'no iota of truth in the existence of a dormant volcano in the Koubru range.'

"Such false alarm was also raised in the State Assembly on August 9, 1989 during the Chief Ministership of Late RK Jaichandra Singh when a similar type of landslide took place in Longakoireng and Bungte Chiru," he recalled. "There can be no volcanic eruption in the State and the country except in the Andaman Islands," he concluded.

Featured image: Earth crack in Manipur, India on June 5, 2017. Credit: The Sangai Express