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Naga, Dimasa bodies meet
Published on 30 Jun. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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A meeting between representatives from Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and Dimasa civil society organisations such as ADSU held at MASS central office, Guwahati, Monday under the aegis of the People’s Committee for Peace Initiatives in Assam (PCPIA) to discuss the ongoing violence in North Cachar Hills concluded that there has been a “serious misrepresentation” of the conflict as one between ordinary Dimasas and Zeme Nagas. In view of this, the various bodies have appealed the government bodies and also the proposed fact-finding team of the union home ministry which was visiting the NC Hills for a short period to refrain from provoking people’s sentiments. NPMHR secretary general, N. Venuh, PCPIA chief co-ordinators, Dilip Patgiti and Lachit Bordoloi and ADSU president, Prafulla Hafila in a joint statement also appealed for restraint considering the allegations of involvements of various armed opposition groups in the district. Discussing the “serious misrepresentation” of the conflict by the media and sections of the security apparatus, including the administration, the three bodies reminded one another that the conflict between different communities have become a regular feature in NC Hills and Karbi Anglong which itself called for a closer scrutiny of different episodes of violence. The bodies were convinced that the long history of cooperation and coexistence between communities such as Zeme and Dimasa would “definitely not become antagonistic without the active connivance of a third force” that was inimical to peaceful coexistence between indigenous communities in the region.

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