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Assault on scribe condemned
Published on 17 Apr. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) has condemned the assault on the correspondent of Eastern Mirror, based at Mokokchung on April 14 at DC complex. Condemning the incident, AKM in a press release issued jointly by its general secretary, Tongpang Ozukum, and general secretary, Bendang Walling, said it was unbecoming on the part of IRB jawans, harassing and assaulting innocent public as and when they pleased. “How long will this go on? Is there no law, no authority to manoeuvres these fracas-maniac personnel?” questioned AKM to the administration and police higher ups and added that if they cannot control such erring jawans, the public would find a way to control and confront these personnel who compare themselves with ‘American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan’ dressed in camouflage. The AKM while appreciating the unity of Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) and their stance to deliver justice, also demanded that the jawan involved in the incident and the commandant of the battalion to apologize to the MPC in particular and the entire press fraternity and the public in general. Meanwhile, the Kohima Press Club (KPC) has also condemned the physical assault meted out on a correspondent of Eastern Mirror and a member of Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) on April 14 at Mokokchung while on the call of duty. KPC in a press release issued jointly by its president, Mhalezolie Kire, and general secretary, Narian B. Sagar, said it condemned such heinous act against a member of the Fourth Estate and further extended full support to MPC in all their demands while also urging upon the concerned authority to immediately identify the IRB personnel involved in the act and take exemplary action as it was not the first case of assault by IRB jawans upon law biding citizens of the State. Further, the KPC also condemned the incident where some unknown miscreants stole away Maruti Zen (NL-08-0757) belonging to Eric Machieo, a member of Club on April 14 from his residence at Chandmari, Kohima. It further urged the law enforcing agencies to make efforts in tracing the stolen vehicle and also nabbing the culprits.

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