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TPO welcomes Intangki eviction
Published on 30 Jun. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO) welcoming the eviction drive carried out at Intangki National Park June 24 has lauded DAN government for taking bold initiative to protect and preserve the park from encroachment. Asserting that June 20 joint meeting in Kohima itself clearly manifested that protecting and preserving Intangki National Park was the desire of Nagas, TPO president ZM Sekhose in a release here on Monday averred that “bands of encroachers” should be evicted. It asserted that various leaders of Naga society who spoke at the meeting “almost univocally” stated handful of people cannot be allowed to enjoy the “shares of millions of Nagas.” The TPO also observed that majority of the speakers unanimously viewed “band of encroachers” who claimed themselves as “United Naga village” cannot be allowed to tarnish the good image of the Nagas. The organisation said Nagas never took a decision to establish united Naga village by encroaching Intangki National Park, nor authorized “few band of individual encroacher to establish such village.” Meanwhile, the Tenyimi body has commended joint force of state forest department, police and IRB personnel for boldly enforcing “Rules and Law” by carrying out eviction drive on the “self proclaim United Naga village” June 24. It said the drive fulfilled the mandate and desires of the people. The organisation has extended fullest cooperation and support to any such policy actions of the state government to protect and preserve the national property in the interest of the people and particularly for the betterment of future generations. “The fruit of what we do today will not be reap by the present generation alone but also by the unborn future generation of the Nagas and also the neighbouring community and the world as a whole,” the Tenyimi organisation stated. Maintaining that the task was still unfinished, TPO expressed hope that forest department and state government would not bow to the pressure of a “handful of hoodlum” but fulfill the mandate and the desires of Nagas vested on them during the “historic June 20 meeting.” It may be mentioned that Naga United Village Council (NUVC) has termed the eviction drive carried out at Intanki National Park (INP) as “partial eviction” and affirmed to reoccupy the land unless Beisumpuikam village was also evicted, as both villages were declared “illegal” by Nagaland Forest Department. The village has faced eviction for twenty-eight times including three by state government machineries and the remaining by NSCN (I-M).

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