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Remove illegal settlements in Intangki: GPRN/NSCN
Published on 20 Jun. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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Issuing a clarification “in the interest of the Nagas” on certain “misgivings and misconceptions” borne out of “misleading propagandas” by individuals and groups with “vested interest” on Intangki National Reserve Forest, the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ Friday said it firmly believed that Nagas must protect and preserve Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary against encroachers and illegal settlers irrespective of tribe or party. Stating that “what belongs to all Nagas must be preserved for all Nagas,” the GPRN/NSCN in a statement issued by its publicity cell said any illusion that Intangki wildlife sanctuary belonged to a particular tribe or community, through explicit or implicit policy from any quarter would be confronted head on by the Nagas. Emphasizing that “forceful occupation” of Nagaland by India awakened “little Nagas” to fight against mighty India, the GPRN/NSCN reminded “let this be a lesson to all wannabe owners of Intangki National Reserve Forest”. Pointing out that hundreds of hectres of Intangki reserve forest have been divided amongst “IM officials” namely A K Lungalang, Raising, Hangshi, Puni, Khuyao, Markson, Lumba, Ape, Ashiho Mao and host of others, turning a large chunk into private orchards and farms, the GPRN/NSCN said any Naga doubting this fact can visit Intangki wildlife sanctuary. “These greedy men are the real encroachers of our National property,” it stated. Recalling a joint council meeting in September 2007, at Hebron Camp, the GPRN/NSCN said VS Atem tried to explain the equal status of both Inavi village and Beisumpuikam village to Th. Muivah but unfortunately he was embarrassingly shut up with “rebuke” in presence of all Kilonsers, Dy. Kilonsers and Tatars. “Who is playing with the sentiments of the Nagas at Intangki Reserve forest and for how long? What is the true intention of IM burning down a single village while letting the rest remain as they are inside the wildlife sanctuary?” the GPRN/NSCN queried and said that it was “a terrible exhibition of injustice, a mockery of the so-called national principle.” GPRN/NSCN demand Nagaland state government to immediately evict all illegal encroachments, settlements and farms including Beisumpuikam village and others within Intangki reserve forest. It said that utter injustice and cowardice displayed by the Nagaland state government in the face of crucial test of character and integrity was inexplicable. The GPRN/NSCN also said that “half-baked statements issued bereft of any moral conviction will not serve the purpose.” Further, GPRN/NSCN called upon Naga Hoho, ENPO, presidents/chairmen all Naga tribal Hohos, GBs, NSF, NMA and other non-partisan Naga organisations to rise above the stench of tribalism and ensure that future Naga generations benefit from the truth that “we uphold today.”

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