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Kyongs want 41 AR withdrawn
Published on 10 Nov. 2008 1:16 AM IST
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In the aftermath of the pre-Tokhu incident at Wokha where 41 Assam Rifles resorted to blank firing following a scuffle between some youths and the AR jawans, the Kyong Hoho and its frontal organizations have condemned the incident and demanded immediate withdrawal of the 41 AR battalion. A joint press statement issued by the Kyong Hoho, chairman, general secretary; Kyong Students’ Union, president; Kyong Eloe Hoho, president and Wokha Town Council, chairperson stated that this was resolved in a meeting held with Wokha Town Colony Chairmen, GBs and elders on November 7. In addition, the meeting also resolved not to allow the army to henceforth pump water from the public water source (Etsu Chuka). The meeting also resolved that members of the general public have been barred form entering the AR camp from now on. It further resolved to strictly view anyone found procuring liquor from the AR camp. The Kyong organizations observed that the present location of the AR camp was in the heart of public inhabited area and thus created unwanted situation. In this regard, the house resolved that the present cantonment should be shifted immediately. It may be mentioned that on November 5 one AR jawan identified as Mahesh Singh along with two local females had gone to Hotel Ni-Li at around 2 p.m and asked the manager for a room to stay. When he was told that all rooms were booked, Singh reportedly threatened the manager that he would come back the next day. At this, an unidentified person beat up the jawan. According to the press release, the jawan later came back to the hotel in the evening in three gypsies with other jawans and assaulted the manager and the occupants of the hotel. It said that the jawan also created “situation” on November 6 on the pretext of searching Naga National workers. Condemning the incident as “senseless”, the organizations said that the biggest festival of the Kyong community celebrated for peace, prosperity and reconciliation was spoiled by the 41 AR by “shedding blood” to its members. According to the statement, the Kyongs traditionally held as an omen tantamount to cancellation of the auspicious occasion if any unwanted situation arose when the Tokhu Emong was being scheduled.

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