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Central team rushes to NC Hills
Published on 28 May. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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The Union Home Ministry has finally realized the complete lawlessness in the violence-prone North Cachar Hills district in Assam. A high-powered team of the Union Home Ministry and the state government Wednesday reviewed the situation in the NC hills from the helipad of district headquarters Haflong. For the past three months, complete anarchy has descended over the district, witnessing series of killings resulting in complete halt to the big national projects like the East-West Corridor and Broad Gauge conversion. In fact, train services in the meter gauge section have also been completely stopped for past fortnight snapping railway link not only to Barak valley but also to Tripura. This morning the Joint Secretary of Home Ministry Naveen Verma led a team which comprised Assam Chief Secretary Prafulla Kr Sarma and General Manager of N F Railway Asutosh Swami to Haflong. But they did not risk their lives beyond the periphery of the helipad as they called in all the top district officials as well as Army and CRPF commanders to a makeshift space made available by the Assam Rifles personnel for an hour-long meeting. There was complete anarchy in the district as the administration had been slowly losing control beyond the district headquarter of Haflong. ‘’We are trying hard,’’ said District Magistrate S Jaganthhan. Even Haflong town had become the epicenter of attack and counter attack as the Dimasa and Zemi Nagas were fighting against each other. It all started by a group of 100 militants under the Black Widow command of Dima Halao Daogah (DHD) demanding greater autonomy. One section of DHD group had already begun talking to the authorities. According to a UNI report, the rebel group, basically extortionist, used the railway properties to attack and slap a huge protection money on the contractors working in the East-West Corridor project of highway expansion. The elected head of the District Council Mohit Hojai also has been missing for more than two months after police caught two people sent by him in Shillong with Rs 1 crore in cash meant for the same militant groups. ‘’I have gone there for a day and will return soon,’’ he told UNI over phone from an undisclosed location.

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