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Meeting on Intangki issue
Dimapur, Jun 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Jun. 2009 12:19 AM IST
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Close on the heels of the June 15 burning down of a village styled as ‘Naga United Village’in the same location where Inavi village existed till the latter was also burned down by the NSCN(I-M), Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has convened a meeting with the council of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, advisors, legislators, representatives of tribal hohos and ENPO are scheduled to discuss on the issue of rampant encroachment at Ingtangki National Park on June 20 in Kohima. Naga Hoho slams Meanwhile, the Naga Hoho slammed encroachment in the park while expressing disheartenment over reports in the local media on June 16 over land encroachment at Intangki National Park. Naga Hoho President Keviletuo Kiewhuo and general secretary P. Chuba Ozükum in a joint statement described these acts by “ unscrupulous people irrespective of tribe or community” as another sad story for the Naga people as a whole. The signatories reiterated that the Hoho, representing Naga traditional organisations, was duty bound to protect land and resources including the political rights of the common people and therefore protest against all forms of “illegal encroachment into people’s land or property”. The Hoho cited the delcartion at the 9th general session of the Naga Hoho in Peren in 2008 wherein, the assembly had reaffirmed that the common desire for unity of all Nagas lay in upholding mutual respect for each other’s community territorial boundary and acknowledgement of traditional ownership besides firmly establishing and respecting the right to settlement of any Naga throughout the Naga homeland. In this regard, the Hoho also appealed to “all forms of Naga National and state Government machineries” to safeguard the “unborn generations” from the clutches of law breakers and those who have no care for the future. It also questioned the failure of state governmetn machineries in putting a “complete stop to this encroachment menace”. The Hoho further urged upon the state government not only to protect the land but also to frame policies and strategies towards “rapid development of this precious park.” It also extended its “fullest cooperation and support” to the state government’s initiatives towards “solving this predicament” and also appealed to all civil societies, students all Nagas of all ages and living in all Naga inhabited areas to “raise hands against these unethical people who are trying to bring disharmony and spoil the fabric of Naga society”. Relief measures In the aftermath of burning down of hutments and dwelling places in Intangki Reserve Forest “in the so called Inavi village/United Naga village (unrecognised village)” by NSCN (I-M) on June 16, the state government has decided to extend relief to the affected families through the district administration. In a statement state home commissioner, Mhathung Kithan informed that materials for relief would be provided at an appropriate place. Joint meeting State chief minister in connection with the “Intangki reserved forest encroachment” has convened a meeting of all council of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, advisors, the legislators and representatives of tribal Hohos including ENPO June 20, 11:30 a.m. at Zonal council hall, Kohima. All responsible have been requested to attend the meeting. It has also requested the tribal Hohos to depute two representatives each.

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