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Rio writes to Dr. Manmohan Singh
Published on 5 Jun. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Thursday has sought Prime Minister’s personal intervention into the ongoing “organized violence” perpetuated against the indigenous Zeme Nagas of NC Hills, Assam by armed cadres of DHD (J), asking him to take immediate steps to restore “rule of law” and provide relief and rehabilitation to the violence affected people. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Rio explained that the violence has led to exodus of hundreds of families to the neighbouring Nagaland and Manipur. “At present the state Government of Nagaland is providing possible relief and rehabilitation to the exodus of families who are taking refuge inside Nagaland”, he said. Asserting that several innocent people have been killed causing a humanitarian crisis due to “ethnic cleansing” in NC Hills, Rio said people were subjected to gross human rights abuses leaving them with no option but to flee to safety. He also conveyed to prime minister about the anger expressed by Naga civil society, mass based organisations and human rights groups to the “planned and systematic targeting” of the Zeme Nagas. Stating that he had written two letters to Assam chief minister over the crisis in NC Hills, Rio said despite assurances from his Assam counterpart, the violence was continuing “unabated” as Zeme Nagas were being subjected to grave violation of human rights. He termed as “unfortunate” the lack of effective response from the Assam chief minister to the problems in NC Hills. Rio also alleged that instead of taking steps to bring the situation under control ,Gogoi was shifting blame to underground groups, which has the potential to further worsen the situation.

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