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M.C. Konyak on Intangki
Published on 18 Jun. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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The state government is upset with the encroachment into the Intangki National Park by people from different communities as well as the “eviction” drive carried out by the armed cadres of an underground faction who “took the law into their own hands and burned down houses, property” at Inavi (Naga United Village) on Tuesday inside the park. Nagaland minister for forest, environment, ecology & wildlife, M. C. Konyak said such encroachment had today culminated into social conflicts thereby turning it into a law and order situation which might further deteriorate and disrupt the hard earned peace in the state. However, Konyak also said that such kind of actions by the armed cadres could only complicate the matter further. “It is unfortunate that armed cadres were inside the park area and eviction was carried without the knowledge of the Government or the Forest Department,” he rued. Asserting that encroachment in any form by any group of people was not allowed within any protected area, the forest minister appealed all “encroachers” irrespective of tribe or community, to vacate the site immediately and voluntarily, so as to allow the government to develop Intangki to its fullest potential. He also appealed all parties to exercise restraint and avoid vindictive measures which would aggravate the law and order situation. Konyak further made an appeal to all civil societies, NGOs and all right thinking citizens of the state, to step forward and assist the government in finding a solution to the current “unfortunate” incident at Intangki National Park. He pointed out that the presence of endangered species of plants and animals including the Hoolock Gibbon, hornbill and the giant flying squirrel were a national treasure and also a matter of great pride for the Naga people. He said the Intangki should also be viewed as important from the economical value it has for promoting tourism in the state besides its role in regulating climate in the light of the global phenomenon of climate change.

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