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ANEFWA Dmu suspends agitation
Published on 5 Apr. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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All Nagaland Electricity Field Workers’ Association (ANEFWA) Dimapur zone while submitting a representation to the DC Dimapur in connection with the March 30 assault case upon one of its members, have also decided to suspend its agitation for a period of seven days with effect from April 4. ANEFWA in the representation said the agitation was suspended to facilitate and give due time to the government to resolve the case of physical assault on a government employee on official duty as well as necessary action to be taken on the “erring” police officer in-charge who had shown “complete apathy towards the aggrieved while showing leniency towards the aggressor.” The ANEFWA also resolved to launch statewide agitation if the government failed to apprehend the culprit and hold him on non-bailable custody since the case was still continuing. ANEFWA Dimapur zone president and general secretary in the representation reiterated that the electricity department staff was “brutally” assaulted by Simon Rongmei when he was told that power supply could not be restored immediately due to line defect. The Association pointed out that the accused in the first place had no right to demand restoration of power supply to his house since he has been officially disconnected due to long time non-payment of outstanding electric bill amounting to Rupees 3, 27, 770. The ANEFWA said the accused was also detected of stealing electrical power by means of rampant line tapping and supplying to all others around his house. The SDO (Electrical No- II) while lodging a complaint with the East Police station, Dimapur had also requested the police to inform the ANEFWA Dimapur zone if the accused was apprehended so as to reach an amicable agreement favourable to both the parties. The ANEFWA however said the accused approached the East Police station and “conveniently” walked away supposedly on PR Bond and that it was not informed of the matter. The Association further said in spite of the assurance that the accused would meet the aggrieved party for a solution and that it was willing to negotiate, he had chosen to blatantly ignore the move for mutual agreement which has now built up “tension and temper” among the field staff under ANEFWA Dimapur. The representation also requested the district administration to examine as to who was the initial aggrieved party and what action, if any should have been initiated by the office in-charge of the case to justify/defuse the situation and why the same was forced to go out of control. Rongmeis condemn Rongmei Council Nagaland (RCN) the apex body of the Rongmei tribe has condemned the “barbaric, lawless and so inhuman act” of the Electricity Field Workers’ Union (EFWU) Dimapur in “ransacking and looting” household properties worth some lakhs of rupees belonging to Simon Rongmei of Burma Camp (Namgalong) while he was under police custody. RCN president, James Akham in a condemnation note said such drastic act would create communal disharmony if repeated and appealed the lawful authority and civil administration to book the culprits and also compensate the loss meted to the victim and his family. The Namgalong Youth Organisation (NYO) while condemning the incident also termed it as “unfortunate” where members of the EFWU, Dimapur numbering around 100 damaged properties of Simon Rongmei, broke open the almirah, closet and finally decamped with costly jewelleries, cash and ornaments. The NYO also accused the EFWU members of threatening the lives of the family and attempting to light the house on fire. NYO through its president, Jenpu Gonmei and general secretary, Gainempu Gonmei further condemned what it described “this barbaric act of an attempt to murder and robbery.” The Organisation while appealing for arrest of the culprits and keeping them behind bars also warned to take its own course of action in the event of untimely intervention by an esteemed authority.

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