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DC Tuensang refutes USLB allegation
Published on 29 Mar. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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DC Tuensang Y. L. Jami has refuted the United Sangtam Likhum Bumji (USLB)’s allegation that he had uttered “unbecoming words” or affronted them in the course of a land dispute that arose between Angangba and Sipongsang villages. Clarifying the allegation, Jami said after the Angangba villagers reportedly set fire to jungles belonging to Sipongsang village on March 24, he had personal interaction on the matter only with the ADC Longkhim, Y. Yanghotong Sangtam. He said no USLB representative had approached or contacted the district administration for any sort of help or consultation. “Hence the question of uttering any unbecoming comment or condemning the USLB in any manner as alleged by the USLB is baseless”, he said . Jami said he had directed the ADC to produce the village chairman and head GB of Angangba village to discuss and settle the issue amicably. “However, it appears that the ADC Longkhim has instead tended to misguide the USLB by giving them a distorted picture of the whole situation,” he adding that any misunderstanding within the USLB appeared to have been created by the ADC himself. Jami said the ADC will be solely responsible for any untoward incident that might result out of the ongoing tension. Elaborating on the March 24 incident, the DC said that hundreds of men armed with guns/lethal weapons led by the village council chairman and head GB of Angangba village reportedly gathered at around 8 a.m and burnt down about four km of jungle and cultivated area belonging to Sipongsang village. He said the “rioting mob” was however restrained from resorting to any act of firing or use of any other lethal weapons due to timely intervention of the district administration, police and DBs deputed from Tuensang district headquarters. Further, he said in order to contain any untoward incident, the ADC Longkhim was asked to pacify the Angangba villager from taking law into their own hands and creating any riotous situation after which the situation was brought under cntrol. Meanwhile, the DC said that MLAs- P. Chuba Chang and S. K. Sangtam requested him to take every possible step to settle the issue amicably. Since the issue rested within the domain of the district administration to work out a solution palatable to all, he asserted that the law and order situation in the area was under control and that adequate police personnel have been deployed for patrolling and preventing any untoward incident.

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