Monday, December 5, 2022

Nov 7 incident: Dy CM appeals for peace

Nagaland deputy chief minister, Y Patton along with an official delegation on Tuesday, visited Lamhainamdi where the incident occurred on Monday (November 7) and took stock of the situation.
According to DIPR, after the visit, Patton, who also holds home portfolio, appealed to all concerned to maintain peace and refrain from any act that could escalate the situation. Patton also urged upon public in the area to adhere to the status quo order of the government.
Further, Patton informed that the government requested leaders of both the Central Nagaland Tribes Council and Tenyimi People’s Organisation to have proper discussions with all parties concerned to maintain peace and help resolve the issue amicably. He lauded the district administration and police forces for their “timely and tactful intervention” and exercising utmost restraint, which helped bring the situation under control.
He also said that sufficient police forces have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
Patton was accompanied by home commissioner & commissioner Nagaland; ADGP (Adm.), ADGP (Law and Order), IGP(Range), IGP (IR), Commissioner of Police Dimapur, DC Peren, DCP Chümoukedima, and SP Peren.
Further DIPR informed that IGP (Range) Limasunep gave a briefing about the incidents that took place on November 7, 2022 at Lamhainamdi. The home commissioner and ADGP (Admin) also spoke about the incident. DC HQ (Comm. Office), ADC Peren, Jalukie & Medziphima, SEO (C) Chümoukedima, EAC Seithekima & Jalukie, SDO (C) Peren, SDO(C) Dhansiripar were also present at the spot.
PTI Adds: Meanwhile, according to PTI, a least 15 people were injured after the incident at Lamhainamdi a disputed area between Chümoukedima and Peren districts in Nagaland, police said on Tuesday.
Of those injured, nine people sustained pellet wounds and were undergoing treatment at hospitals in Dimapur, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Sandeep M Tamgadge told PTI. The condition of one of the persons who received pellet wounds was stated to be critical, he said. Eight-ten kutcha houses were also burnt down in the violence, he added.
Joint appeal by 15 tribal hohos: Meanwhile, 15 Tribal Hohos of Nagaland, have jointly requested “Western Sumi brothers and the Zeliang brothers” to abstain from any act of violence but to resolve issues amicable through a spirit of brotherhood.
Media Cell of the 15 Tribal Hohos reminded that the spirit of brotherhood that had been prevailing since time immemorial “be maintained for the welfare of our society.”
The Tribal Hohos also requested the state government to accord importance to such issues and take necessary measures without further delay and resolve the issues at the earliest.
WSH demand list: Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has placed four demands before the state government following the November 7 incident:
WSH demanded immediate suspension of IR personnel and the commander, who allegedly opened fire at the protestors and which “provoked the situation” to get worse.
WSH also demanded “immediate eviction of the illegal encroachers” and maintenance of status quo at the disputed site as per the order No. GAB-1/333/2014(Vol-1) dated 25th June 2019 and order No.CNG-1/45/COM/KHEHOI/2018 dated 8th July 2019.
Thirdly, WSH stated that since Kiyevi village fell under the jurisdiction of Chümoukedima district, all administrative and police arrangements should be deployed from Chumoukedima district.
WSH also demanded immediate arrest of the “so called Lamhainamdi GB”, for allegedly issuing a threat in a local television, that he would not spare any Sumis whether in the village or town.
WSH stated that “such inflammatory language” should be dealt strictly as it would lead to further escalation on communal lines. WSH said if a similar statement had been issued by the Sumi GBs, then the situation will go out of hand and beyond control. WSH alleged that the incident occurred due to the state government’s inaction and indifferent attitude in maintaining its own order.
WSH recalled the 21-day ultimatum issued earlier by the Western Sumi Youth Front which had warned of resorting to its own course of action if the government did not take any steps.
The hoho also claimed that the situation would have “turned volatile had the Sumis not restrained or retaliated as eye witnesses account, reported that many of the illegal encroachers at the illegal settlement of Lamhainamdi” allegedly “fired upon the protestors armed with guns fired behind from the IR personnel using them as human shield.”

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