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NAYO ultimatum to AR on assault to civilians
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Oct. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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Northern Angami Youth Organization (NAYO) on Wednesday expressed strong resentment and condemned the October 17 incident, where three persons were allegedly beaten up by Assam Rifles personnel from Headquarter 5 Sector, Assam Rifles, located at Chieswema. Demanding the Assam Rifles to bring out all the culprits involved in the incident, the NAYO has served a two-day ultimatum which expires on October 23 to resolve the matter amicably. Briefing the media here, NAYO executives disclosed that on October 17, between 9 am to 10 am, a private truck and Assam Rifles Bus collided just above the Headquarter 5 Sector, Assam Rifles, located at Chieswema, along NH 61. When the driver of the private truck suggested that the traffic personnel be called to investigate the matter, the bus driver and some jawans reportedly started assaulting him and another occupant, who was physically handicapped. Another traveler was also allegedly assaulted by the AR personnel. NAYO revealed that the jawans called in a gypsy and boarded the truck driver and the truck owner’s wife inside and took them to the HQs 5 sector where they were made to sign a document under threat. The NAYO executives further alleged that a public leader, who happened to be traveling on the same route, was suddenly assaulted by an army officer in civies, reported to be traveling behind the bus in a gypsy, when he enquired about the incident. The officer was joined by his jawans in assaulting the person. The public leader was identified as Mhalelie Rio, chairman Bayavii Panchayat and vice president NPF 11th Northern Angami. “The leader’s front tooth was rooted out and was hospitalized” the NAYO claimed. Later, the truck driver and jawans from HQs 5 sector took the bus to Kohima for repair. The truck owner paid Rs. 8500 to the jawans for repair, the NAYO executives said. The NAYO executives informed that it made attempt to meet the officials of HQs 5 Sector, AR, Chieswema on October 18, but given audience only on October 19, where six of its members met the ADIG Col SS Joon at the HQs 5 sector AR and discussed the matter. The NAYO said that the ADIG assured to identify the erring personnel involved in the incident, but till date (October 21), no positive response had come from the concerned officer. The NAYO asserted that the incident was a case of “high handedness and we were not happy with the Assam Rifles who call themselves as Friends of Hill people.”The NAYO threatened to take its own course of action if the Assam Rifles failed to pay heed the two-day ultimatum. Meanwhile, the NAYO presidential council meeting has been called on October 23 at 10 am at its office, NAPO building at Kezieke, Kohima. All its unit presidents and secretaries have been asked to attend the meeting. AR clarifies Meanwhile, reacting to reports that appeared in the local dailies regarding the incident, the Assam Rifles has clarified that the bus Regd No NL-10-1560 of HQ 5 Sect AR was carrying the families and children from Chieswema to Kohima for Diwali Mela celebrations on October 17. According to a defence release, at around 9.45 am a civilian truck driven by Roukubeile, resident of Cheichema Village hit the AR bus resulting in injuries to the occupants and breaking of the rear wind shield glass. The AR claimed that the driver and the owner of the truck accepted their fault and the matter was settled and added that copies of no claim certificate and compromise certificate signed by both parties were handed over to the concerned Police Station. However, on October 19, some civilians approached the AR authorities intimating that some civilians were beaten up by the bus passengers on that day. The statement added that the AR had assured the civilians of justice by ordering an inquiry to investigate the entire incident to bring out the factual realities.

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