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ADC Longkhim clarifies allegation
Published on 30 Mar. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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ADC Longkhim, Y. Yanghotong Sangtam has clarified on the successive news items over the jungle burning issue between Angangba and Sipongsang villages during the course of which he has been made out to be solely responsible for any untoward incident out of the ongoing tension. The ADC in a clarification said that the Angangba Village Council and Sipongsang Village Council on March 24 “had made understanding to have peace talk.” Sangtam said the issue came to his notice on March 24 at 10:30 a.m in the DC’s chamber where he reached for election duty and collection of electioneering papers. Sangtam said he directed the DBs of Longkhim to reach the spot, whereby he also reached the spot at 12 noon and controlled the situation. He said a meeting was also held with the Village Council and public of Angangba village at the same time. The ADC said he was asked by the DC to reach Tuensang by that night but that due to the prevailing situation, he reported on March 25 at 6:30 a.m. Sangtam further said he was directed by the DC Tuensang to immediately go back and summon the Council Chairman and Head GB of Angangba village before the latter. Sangtam said as per the directive issued, the Council Chairman and Head GB of Angangba village reported to him on the DC’s summon. According to the statement, the USLB on learning that the summon letter was served only to Council Chairman and Head GB of Angangba village, refused to send the two persons to DC Tuensang. The ADC said he reached the DC’s office by 3:30 p.m along with a memorandum letter from the USLB, but added that the DC Tuensang “flatly refused to accept the USLB Memorandum (the letter is kept for reference) instead asked me to submit my resignation which was witnessed by two DBs of Longkhim and Head DB of Tuensang Sadar.” On account of all these, the ADC Longkhim, Y. Yanghotong Sangtam said that the question of holding him “solely responsible” or any untoward incident out of the ongoing issue did not arise. It may be mentioned that as per an official bulletin, the DC Tuensang, Y. L. Jami after the reported/noticed setting of fire to Sipongsang village jungle by some Anganba villagers “due to a dispute relating to land” between the two villages, had on March 27 promulgated the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. PC) 144 within the area. However, the United Sangtam Likhum Bumji (USLB) president, R. Tsapikiu Sangtam said that the issue did not arise out of a “land dispute” but due to “fire incident.”

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