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Feud over tribal fishing
Published on 16 Feb. 2009 12:30 AM IST
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Irked by the tribal fishing organised by Longra village in Chilongjong (Dikhu River) without the consent of Pongching village, the Pongching Village Council (PVC) has decided to implement Article 371(A) to decide on ownership right of Chilongjong (Dikhu River) that belonged to both Pongching and Longra village. PVC stated that since forefather’s time tribal fishing could be conducted only when both Longra and Pongching village agreed to it. However, Longra village excluded Pongching village and organised tribal fishing by inviting Yali, Yaongyimti, Yangpi (Chang), Chuchuyimlang and Salulamang (Ao) villages on February 6. Pongching village council chairman Yanthau Phom and head GB Tenshet Phom in a press statement addressed to Longra Village Council Chairman stated that though portion of the river would remain for tribal fishing between the two villages, the ownership right would belong to Pongching village. In this regard, PVC stated that ownership right would be deliberated in presence of deputy commissioner Longleng and Tuensang and other official representatives.

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