Kohima, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

The Dikoi Village Council (DVC), under Dimapur district of Nagaland, has alleged that Assam Police personnel in 'civvies' came to the village and opened blank fire at areas adjoining Rangapahar military cantonment.

A statement issued by DVC secretary Veshekko Cho-o said that around 10 to 15 Assam Police personnel fired some 20 to 30 rounds in the air.

Meanwhile, DVC has appealed to the administration to take action before 'anything happen to the innocent villagers'.

Earlier, on April 1, Assam police patrolling party reportedly opened fire on Dikoi villagers. Dimapur police also recovered around 30 empty shells of AK-47 and INSAS rifles near the village.

The United Naga Tribes Association (UNTA), a conglomeration of various Naga tribes has cautioned any individuals, group(s), village(s) or any Government officials to refrain from indulging in forceful occupation of land already acquired by member groups of UNTA adjacent to Rilan, Indisen, Ao Yimkum and Dikoi villages at Nagaland- Assam border.

In a press release, UNTA chairman Chubatangit Jamir and Secretary Hukavi Yepthomi said "the association has 'sensed' the involvement of some vested interests- Government officials and 'selfish individuals' particularly from the adjacent areas by arbitrarily hampering the interest of all the Nagas in acquiring the land under the aegis of UNTA."

The release appealed to all to honour the stand of the association in protecting the common interest of the Nagas in order not to create further differences amongst Naga brethrens.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)