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NUVC condition to vacate Intanki

People make temporary camps inside the Intangki National Park, Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter, INTANKI/DIMAPUR, JUN 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jun. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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Naga United Village Council (NUVC) has affirmed to reoccupy Intanki National Park (INP) unless Beisumpuikam village was also evicted, as both villages were declared “illegal” by Nagaland Forest Department. “Unless Beisumpuikam village is evicted we will continue to occupy the land. But, if government evict Beisumpuikam village also we will voluntarily vacate the land,” the NUVC members asserted. The NUVC maintained that 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland had to establish Naga United village in Intanki reserve forest because the Nagaland government could not evict the encroached Beisumpuikam village where majority population were from outside the state. Talking to pressperson here at the evicted site, the villagers termed the eviction drive carried out by NSCN (I-M) and state government on June 16 and June 24 respectively as “partial eviction”. Elaborating “partial eviction” the NUVC members said though there were three encroached villages inside INP the eviction was carried out only at Naga United village. Further, terming the eviction carried out by NSCN (I-M) as “illegal”, the NUVC said the Intanki reserved forest was state government subject and not of “underground government” whom the people have entrusted for “Naga political solution” with the Government of India and not to evict “Naga villages”. According to the “Status Report on Intanki National Park” by forest department, which was submitted to joint consultative meeting held June 20 at Zonal Hall Kohima and made available to presspersons by NUVC the present Beisumpuikam village “illegally” established within INP was inaugurated by the then minister Bagdi Iheilung on January 4, 1992 and the village continue to receive developmental funds from the government. The villagers said even as the joint consultative meeting held June 20 at Kohima resolved to set up a committee to study the ground situation and submit findings to the government, the IR and forest department personnel on June 24 arrived and burned down the makeshift camps including relief material provided by district Dimapur administration and civil societies. Terming the action of state government as “hostile to the people by nature”, the villagers said the June 24 eviction was carried by without any prior notice, besides destroying all material goods including hutments, utensils, rice, cloths, daos, spades etc. “It is inhuman in nature because everything that was destroyed was sympathy collection received from the churches, individuals…” they said. The villagers alleged that IR personnel during eviction poured diesel, kerosene and other waste into their wells which has caused death to a minor after drinking the contaminated water. Recounting the June 16 eviction carried out by NSCN (I-M), the villagers said around 300 activists surrounded the village and then called out the villagers and gave them ten minutes to remove their belongings and later began torching all the houses in the village. According to villagers there were around 600 hutments with 1800 inhabitants. They also said during 14 years the village was burned down twenty-eight time including three by state government. Meanwhile, according to forest department’s “Status Report on Intanki National Park” the INP was free from any encroachment till 1983. The first encroachment, the report stated started in 1984 by “so called Beisumpuikam” by constructing few huts on the bank of “Misapdisa nala”, which is between INP and “jhumland area”. It stated that they were immediately evicted by the civil administration, Jalukie during February-March 1984. After the eviction, the “Status Report on Intangki National Park” stated they shifted to about 500 meters away from “Misapdisa nala” outside INP and established a village by constructing about 20 makeshift thatch shelters. On February 14, 1989, Beisumpuikam villagers felled a teak plantation (about 2 hectares of 1970-71 plantation) just on the bank of Monglu river with the intention to establish another village inside National Park on the pretest that they had been permitted to establish village by ADC Peren, the report stated. However, on verification it was found that ADC Peren had given the “Clearance Certificate” for log operation and not for establishing village as claimed, adding the order was subsequently cancelled by ADC Peren. The forest department report also mentioned that the village recognized by the government is “clearly” outside National Park. It pointed out that on November 1992 the villagers taking advantage of the government recognition shifted their village to the bank of Monglu river inside the National park and started to expand inside the National park by clearing jungles and constructed 59 houses. Further, pointing out various records of encroachment, the report suggested government to issue “clear directives” with regard to Beisumpuikam since eviction cannot be carried out partially.

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