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Houses burned in Inavi village

(L) A house and a granary (R) seen completely razed down at Inavi village, Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Jun. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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Several houses totaling between 400-600, that included some granaries at Inavi village, located near Hebron Campwere burnt down Tuesday morning at around 10 am. A bamboo walled building with CGI roofing used as church was also partially burned. Inavi villagers who spoke to this Reporter, said that around 150 cadre members of the NSCN(I-M) surrounded the village Monday morning. The NSCN(I-M) members then called out the villagers and gave them ten minutes to remove their belongings. They then began torching all the houses in the village,it was reported Most of the villagers who are farmers, disclosed that when they asked the reason for the action, the leader of the group purportedly replied they were carrying out the “government order” to evict the villagers from the area. Villagers said if Inavi had encroached then even Beisumpuikam did so but no action was taken against the latter. The Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) also disclosed that on April 2, 1996, National Council of the GPRN-NSCN, Gilgail Camp issued a ban on settlement at the Intangki forest. The affected villagers said they were not given any eviction notice while many could not salvage their belongings. Later, office bearers of WSKH along with former Minister and President, Dimapur Sumi Community, Khukivi Awomi visted the village. WSKH President, Shikuto Zalipu pointed out that it was the 27th time the village was burned down as per the record. Inavi and Beisumpuikam fall within Peren district.

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