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NCC demands arrest of vandals
Published on 6 Apr. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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Condemning the vandalism of property and alleged theft of cash and jewelry committed by some members of the Nagaland Electricity Field Workers’ Association (NEFWA) Dimapur zone on April 3 at the residence of one Simon Rongmei a resident of Namgalong Colony, the Namgalong Colony Council (NCC) has demanded immediate arrest of those involved. It may be recalled that Simon Rongmei had assaulted one Amar Bahadur( a jugali in the power department)on March 30 over disconnection of power which the department had said was on account of non payment of bills and alleged pilfering by the accused.While admitting that Simon had assaulted the jugali, the NCC claimed the latter was “drunk while on duty” that day. According to the NEFWA, an FIR with the police and the accused was taken into custody but later released on remand. The NCC in a release issued by its chairman, Majachung Gangmei and GB, Chingkhiulung Gonmei Wjiole alleged that NEFWA unit numbering around 100 on April 3, “barged into the private residence of Rongmei” , and destroyed properties, building besides physically assaulting and threatening the family members and dragging out an ailing elderly woman out of the house. NCC also alleged that some of the electrical workers ransacked the house and also took away cash, jewelries and caused damage worth rupees 5, 31, 000. After the incident, an FIR was lodged in the East Police station on April 3 by the wife of Rongmei, Loreni Rongmei and a case has been registered, it added. The NCC however expressed pain that no arrests were made till date while the offenders were still at large. It said the “barbaric act” of the NEFWA members had not only affected the family but also traumatized and terrorized the whole locality. The NCC expressed “shock” at the demand of the NEFWA for non bailable warrant of arrest of Simon as “unreasonable and uncalled for” as he was already under police custody till date as per the law. It however, expressed confidence that the law would award a befitting action against any offenders regardless of his position in the society. Further the NCC sought the support and cooperation of all peace loving citizens and civil societies condemn the “act of terror” perpetrated by the government employees. Meanwhile, Police said the accused Simon Rongmei was rearrested on April 4 and forwarded to seven days judicial custody while the police officer-in-charge whom the NEFWA accused of dereliction of duty have been served an explanation call. TSUD condemns Meanwhile, the Tenyimi Students’ Union Dimapur (TSUD) while condemning the “barbaric and uncivilized act” meted out to Simon Rongmei, by the Electricity Field Workers’ Union (EFWU), Dimapur said the “Goondaism” was never justified and had no means to achieve any goal. TSUD through a press statement by its president, Chenti Kath questioned the electrical department whether it was civilized way to handle such issue. The union further appealed the EFWU, Dimapur to surrender the “looted” belongings of Rongmei at the earliest and urged the law enforcing authority to book the culprits.

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