Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has responded to the statement made by Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Nagaland, denying the encroachment of ‘Hotahoti’ reserved forest by private individuals. NPCC in a press release issued by media cell chairman R. Paphino, said it wanted to know whether the CCF was bluntly denying at the behest of the people involved in the ‘scandal’ for his individual’s benefit or without ascertaining what was factually happening in ‘Hotahoti’ reserved forest.
“At this stage, needless to mention other undesirable developments, people can simply make out whether NPCC’s assertion is with basis of truth,” the NPCC release added.
The NPCC media cell chairman, also said that in ‘Hotahoti’ reserved forest, encroachers’ activities were in full swing in full swing as they (encroachers) have shared/divided lands amongst themselves with specified/defined boundaries, farm houses constructed, paddy fields (wet cultivation) developed.
Paphino also alleged that even officers of Forest, Industries, Rural Development, Administrative departments were directly involved in land grabbing activities by acquiring huge portion of land and further added the CCF was contended that the government programme would be community based, involving neighbouring villages whereas the facts remained that individual privileged people from Kohima, Mon town and Naginimora were openly and directly taking part in the land grabbing episode.
The NPCC further cautioned the CCF not to mislead the general public with irrelevant and baseless statement and further reiterated its stand that the State government institute a high level ‘Inquiry Committee’ to investigate the issue without delay and bring all the people to book, whether high or low and punish them or compel the Congress Party to take its own course of action in the interest of Naga public.