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Third force theory in NC HIlls violence

Remains of burnt houses at Michidui in NC Hills district of Assam on Thursday. (EP)
Correspondent DIPHU, JUN 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Jun. 2009 12:22 AM IST
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The unabated violence in NC Hills for more than three months now in spite of the presence of army and other para-military forces there, has ignited doubts in the minds of the people of the involvement of a ‘third force’ behind the violence. Attendance of large army and other para-military forces in entire NC Hills (little les then 80 company) has failed to control the violence so far. In a security assessment meeting held yesterday, representatives of the Zeme Naga Council raised doubts over the outlook of Assam Rifles personnel and some members of a particular radical faction which is in ceasefire agreement presently, over the whole episode of bloodshed in NC Hills . Security forces, so far have not nabbed even a single ultra element carrying out all these violent acts. Groups of armed miscreants after carrying out the killings and other subversive activities in broad daylight have left the villages unhindered for the last few months. This very act has raised questions in the minds of the general people over the Assam government’s sincerity in taking stock of the situation. The home department of Assam Government has remained a mute spectator during this episode. A core group of intelligentsia recently said that the government was using security forces and a handful of radical members, presently in ceasefire, to carry out the human killing in NC Hills. “This is a deliberate ploy to completely eradicate remote Dimasa and Zeme Naga villages which the Government considers as safe hideouts of DHD (J) and NSCN activists. A third force is working aggressively with this plan. Further, the earlier stealthy patch-up between NSCN and DHD (J) is getting jeopardized with each renewed brutality,” said highly placed people of both the communities on conditions of anonymity. It may be recalled that the ongoing violence started on March 19 when a Zeme Naga village, Tunze was attacked during which two Nagas were killed. On March 24, a similar attack was carried out at Nanglo village in which two persons were killed on the spot. In retaliation, four Dimasa people were gunned down on April 28 at Yea village and 40 houses torched by rampaging Naga militants. On May 8, one person was shot dead at Zorai village and 14 houses were set ablaze which was followed by another incident on May 9 where three Dimasa people were gunned down at Faiding village and 43 thatched houses torched by militants. The other incidents can be recorded as: May 11- four persons killed, 61 houses torched at Guilung village, one house torched at Boilkuwa village; May 14- one house torched at Haflong town; May 16- one person killed at Mahur town; May 17- seven houses burnt at Haflong, Mahadev Tilla and Mahur; May 19 - three persons killed at village Chota Nanglo, 10 houses set ablaze; May 20 - one Naga stabbed to death at Haflong town; May 21 - altogether 27 houses torched at Haflong, Debaola, Mahadev Tilla and Nimbunglao; May 28 - two persons gunned down at Machao basti, 18 houses set ablaze; May 29 - one person shot dead at Guilung Hindu village, three injured; 14 houses torched; May 30 – one person shot dead at Zorai basti. June 03 – five persons gunned down at Borchenam, 54 houses set ablaze; June 4 - three houses torched at Longmang village; June 8 – one person killed at Dikuki village, 8 houses torched; June 9 - 22 houses gutted at Lofi Kachari village; June 10 - 19 houses torched at Nobdi Gurbari village; June 16 - 15 Zemi Nagas, 8 children, 5 women and 2 children killed at village Michidue in broad daylight, the most violent incident so far. It may be the mentioned that the June 15 – 16 incident took place when personnel of the National Investigative Agency were present at Haflong to unearth the financial fiasco concerning Mohit Hojai , ex- CEM, NCHAC.

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