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Konyak responds to TPO
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 1:11 AM IST
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Reacting to the Tenyimi Public Organisation(TPO)charge that appeared in the local press on June 20, where it accused the forest department of having failed to prevent or evict encroachers from the Intangki National Park, Minister for forest, environment, ecology and wildlife, MC Konyak Saturday maintained that the forest department has been trying its best to protect the Intangki National Park despite a hostile and difficult working atmosphere. Konyak also clarified that the TPO’s allegation that his statement over the burning down of a village in Intangki was “confusing and contradictory”, clarified that it was the official statement of the forest department and not his personal opinion. Konyak said his statement was an appeal to “lessen the hostile situation and was not intended to provoke any individual, organization or tribe in any manner.” Konyak also said it was baffling as to how the TPO found his statement “confusing and contradictory” and provocative on tribal and communal lines. Saying that he assumed the TPO as a responsible organization, would focus on the larger issue of protecting the Intangki National Park instead of making “hasty judgements that diverted the attention from the actual issue at hand”, Konyak further said he was willing to meet with the TPO personally for more clarification so as to clear any doubts. It may be mentioned that the Naga United Village was burned down allegedly by the NSCN (I-M) activists on June 16.

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