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DPC, MCCI and Watsü Mungdang condemn assault on scribe
Published on 18 Apr. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) as decided during the emergency meeting on April 14 the members of Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) covered the parliamentary election by wearing black arm bands as a sign of protest against the assault on one of the member of the Mokokchung Press Club. Mokokchung Press Club in a press release issued stated that it was to receive any official reply from Deputy Commissioner regarding the ultimatum that was served consequent upon the assault on one of its member. Neither did the concerned officers of the 12 Bn. IRB approach the Mokokchung Press Club even though the incident happened two days ago, the release stated. Meanwhile, narrating incident, the Mokokchung Press Club said the incident occurred when the unruly IRB jawan came to the fore on Tuesday even as the government was struggling to do its best for the smooth conduct of the ensuring Lok Sabha polls in the state. Tension erupted when IRB personnel manhandled a driver at the ground after intervening in a quarrel between two drivers wherein the IRB personnel ended up beating up one of the drivers, Imlitemsu of Chakpa village. On seeing the incident, the drivers who were stationed at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex for election duty raised their voice against the IRP Jawans. The drivers were in a rage and started shouting slogans saying “Are we called for duty or to be beaten up by the IRB Jawans?” The tense situation was brought under control by the timely intervention of the District administration and Police. According to them, the Jawans used harsh words like “toi khan nishina morai dile bi kaun pora ki kobo” and assaulted 5 drivers in different incidents where one among them was seriously injured. Later in the evening the drivers marched to the Deputy Commissioners Office demanding the fulfillment of their demand. The procession turned ugly as the agitating drivers started pelting stones at DCs office. The Mokokchung Press Club stated that it was at that moment that the correspondent of Eastern Mirror along with other members of the press happened to be at DC court to cover the tensed situation when the IRB jawan assaulted him. DPC: The Dimapur Press Club (DPC) has expressed surprise by the arrogance of the IRB authorities and the Mokokchung district administration who did not had the minimum courtesy to approach the Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) to apologize for the assault of a journalist on duty by an IRB jawan. Dimapur Press Club has extended support to fellow journalists under the banner of MPC who have rightfully demanded the identification of the erring personnel and follow up disciplinary action. The Dimapur Press Club felt that victimized correspondent of Eastern Mirror deserved an apology from the commandant of the concerned IRB battalion. DPC in a press release has stated that even Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung had made light of a serious issue on the assault of a member of the fourth estate and was yet to take any action in this regard even on the third day following the incident. “It is understood that the Mokokchung Press Club has filed an FIR with the Police regarding the unwarranted assault of its member. Here again, we are left to wonder whether the Police are conducting proper investigation into the case as no results have been made known till late Friday (April 17) evening.”, stated that press release. The release further added, “the complete inaction on the part of the district administration and 12 Bn IRB, on the issue till date, compels us to question their intention. Is the district administration turning a deaf ear to the appeals of the journalists and civil organizations (Ao Students’ Conference & Watsü Mungdang) with the intention to protect the erring personnel and bury the issue?” Stating that highhandedness of both DC Mokokchung and commandant of 12 IRB was highly condemnable, Dimapur Press Club has assured Mokokchung Press Club of its fullest support till justice was done by the authorities and also urged the Police to do the needful with regard to the FIR filed by the victimized party. That release stated that the mistreatment of members of the fourth estate, who are dedicatedly working for the uplift of the society despite the numerous constraints, would not be tolerated. MCCI: Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) has expressed dismay at the conduct of the unruly activity of the IRB where a member of the MPC was physically assaulted on April 14. A press release issued by Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce president M. Bendangnukshi Longkumer stated MCCI denounced such heinous acts of crime perpetrated against the member of the fourth estate by uniformed personnel who should actually be the one to safeguard the lives and properties of the citizens. MCCI has appealed the authority to take action against erring jawan at the earliest and justice be delivered so that such kind of barbaric acts were not repeated. Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries has extended sympathy and support to Mokokchung Press Club and urged them to remain steadfast until justice was delivered. Watsü Mungdang: Watsü Mungdang has condemned the assault meted out to the correspondent of Eastern Mirror by ‘indiscipline IRB Jawan’ while the scribe was on his duty at DC’s Office complex Mokokchung. A press release issued by Watsü Mungdang president Supongla Lemdor and general secretary Imtila Longkumer has requested that the irresponsible Jawan be given due punishment and urged the authority to see that such incidents did not occur in the near future.

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