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DPON, DBH condemn killings
Published on 30 Mar. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland (DPON) and Dimasa Baptist Hosom [Association] (DBH) have condemned the aggression perpetrated upon the Nagas living in NC Hills, Assam allegedly by the DHD (J), killing four persons and injuring many. Condemning the “ugly and dastardly act” committed on the Naga villagers by some section of the militants, the DPON in a statement issued by its president, R. Hasnu appealed the Naga brothers to settle the issue amicably recognizing the age old brotherhood and harmony between the two communities since times immemorial. The DPON clarified that the “ugly act” was committed by some individuals with vested interest and not at the behest of Dimasa community as a whole. “This particular group even killed many Dimasas not only in NC Hills but also the Dimasa of Nagaland in the recent past,” it pointed out. DPON said that the apex Dimasa organization, Jadikhe Naiso Hosom (JNH) in NC Hills was working hard along with the Naga Council of NC Hills to take stock of the crisis and that the situation was almost normal now. According to the statement, the president of JNH had said that there was no case of eviction or land dispute between the Dimasas and the Nagas in NC Hills and that the public of both the communities were living harmoniously without any differences. It said all Dimasa frontal organization in Assam too have condemned the incident without any reservation in the interest of peaceful co-existence between the two communities. Asserting that there was no question of making the incident a communal issue, the DPON urged upon all citizens to condemn the “barbaric act” and also to refrain from blowing the incident out of proportion. The Dimasa Baptist Hosom [Association] (DBH) while condemning the killings also described it as “senseless act” of the group involved. DBH president, J. B. Khemprai however clarified that the incident was not to be put as ethnic conflict as made out in the media adding that the Dimasas in general were not in enmity with the Zemes and vice versa till date. It also said that the apex body of both the tribes in NC Hills were reportedly in touch with each other and had even held joint peace rally at Haflong few days back. DBH maintained that the reported displacement of people from some villages was reportedly out of fear of clash between the tribes. “The relation between the tribes is time tested so why not visit the place and meet the leaders of both the tribe before coming into conclusion from distance,” the DBH said. The Hosom said it expected responsible civil societies to play the role of peace makers if there was any such thing as reported in NC Hills and also prayed God for peace in the region.

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