Monday, November 28, 2022

Four Peren villages refute SCAN on Ntangki National Park

Village councils of Old Jalukie & Jalukiekam, Beisumpui and Beisumpuikam said, that as landowner -villages of Hebron Camp and Ntangki National Park respectively, they were constrained clarify facts on the recent statement of Senior Citizens’ Association Nagaland(SCAN) so that “Nagas are not misled by concocted stories which will have future ramifications”.
The village councils were reacting to statement by Senior Citizens’ Association Nagaland (SCAN), that Hebron Camp of NSCN(I-M) was within the jurisdiction of Ntangki National Park.
In a joint statement, chairmen of Old Jalukie Village Haingkeing; Beisumpui village Irangtalakpe, Jalukiekam village Ninga Newme, Beisumpuiam Village Tadibe Zeliang and Jalukie Pumling Nko Kumuinring alleged that SCAN had falsely inferred that the NSCN (I-M) Hebron camp was within the jurisdiction of the Ntangki National Park.
The villages pointed out that Hebron designated camp was not within the jurisdiction of the Ntangki National Park but donated by the Beisumpui village and falls within the jurisdiction of the Old Jalukie village, the original landowner.
They said that the boundary between Jalukie and Beisumpui was clearly marked by Mungleu river, and so there was no room for confusion and misunderstanding.
They reiterated that Naga people should know who the then chief minister of the State was when Hebron camp was established at Forest Colony, in late 1990s, which is outside the jurisdiction of Ntangki NP”.
They informed that the the resettlement of NSCN (I-M) cadre to the present location, was finalized during the tenure of SC Jamir as the chief minister and therefore, “asking questions to Neiphiu Rio or Shurhozelie or T.R. Zeliang is illogical and incomprehensible”. Further they corrected the spelling of the area as ‘Ntangki’ and not ‘Intangki ‘as rendered by SCAN.
They also pointed out that resettlement was done outside the jurisdiction of the National Park in the then Forest colony of the Forest department and this fact was also validated by the incumbent director of Ntangki National Park T. Aochuba.
They also refuted claims that some arrangements were being made to rehabilitate the NSCN (I-M) cadres inside Ntangki forest post Naga solution.
The councils said neither the government of India nor the landowner village will part with any land within the National Park to whomever for whatsoever reasons, as Ntangki National Park was nationally recognized and in existence for the benefit of the whole Nagas.
The village councils affirmed that one of the Ntangki National Park protection force camp is situated within the jurisdiction of Beisumpuikam village and the rest inside the Ntangki National Park.
Further, the villages also informed that there was an agreement and condition that in the event of NSCN leaving the Hebron camp, the land will be repossessed by Jalukiekam village and Jalukie village, the original landowners.
Therefore, they said the claim that Hebron camp was within Ntangki National Park was “either ignorantly misinterpreted or intentionally claimed. They said this was done in order to deprive the Jalukiekam village in reclaiming possession of the land in which Hebron camp is currently set up. Worse still, they said it could be a ploy to declare, that part of the land as ‘No Man’s Land’ as was done in the past, by vested individuals to encroach upon the land in the future for their personal interest.
The villages have also welcomed any further clarification, by approaching Beisumpui village council and Old Jalukie village council.
Meanwhile, the villages also put on record that the correct spelling was “Ntangki” and not “Intangki”.

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