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DCPF rues Assam govt inaction

DCPF chairman Dr. Solomon Rongpi (left) and secretary Tom Mangattuthazhe at the press conference at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School campus, Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 30 (NPN):
Published on 1 Jul. 2009 12:53 AM IST
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Even as the violence continued unabated in NC Hills, Assam where more than 60 people have been killed so far, the Diphu Citizens’ Peace Forum (DCPF) said that the carnage was “man made” and all part of a “larger plan” to bring about division among the tribals while making major issues take a backseat. The DCPF lamented that no government leaders or agencies from Assam have visited NC Hills since the violence started in March 18. It also described the response from the Assam and central government as “discouraging.” Addressing a press conference at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School campus, Dimapur on Tuesday, DCPF chairman, Dr. Solomon Rongpi and secretary, Tom Mangattuthazhe also alleged that “outside forces” or “third forces” were involved in the massacre in NC Hills and said such situation was alien to tribal ethos of tolerance and brotherhood. The chairman said there was no short term solution for the violence in NC Hills but could be contained only through tolerance and dialogue. It also identified ‘ethnic solidarity’ as being crucial for peace. Meanwhile, the DCPF through a press statement appealed all people to unite and multiply their efforts against manifestations of intolerance and violence towards a peaceful settlement of dissension and conflict through dialogue and discourse. The Forum appealed representatives of public and communities of all religion to use their authority and influence to strengthen the spirit of tolerance and mutual understanding between people to avoid hostility and to seek reconciliation and defend the rights, dignity and life of each individual. DCPF also urged teachers and parents of all communities, responsible for education and training of children and youth to inculcate in them the spirit of openness and respect for other people, to foster ideals of tolerance and the rejection of violence, as well as the ideals of altruism, compassion and solidarity for all those who suffer. It asked young people to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship and respect the diversity of cultures and to express solidarity against violence. DCPF also urged the media fraternity to affirm their personal responsibility while covering cultural and socio-political life of other people and to avoid manifestations of irreverence and intolerance towards ethnic groups. It also urged government machineries including security forces to uphold human values, respect for human dignity and to ensure peace, justice, equality and fraternity for all, irrespective of race, colour, language, religion, ethnicity and gender. Asserting that any form of violence was not the solution to any problem, the Forum urged the armed struggle groups to shun violence.

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