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Thousands rally against ‘brutal’ assault
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Nov. 2009 1:14 AM IST
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Nearly four thousand people, majority of them students, turned up for the protest rally which was jointly organized by Chumukedima Mother Association (CMA) and Chumukedima Students’ Union (CSU) against the assault on a class XII student by NSCN (IM) activists on November 21. It may be noted that the student identified as Pelesavi The mass rally started off from 7th mile till Patkai Christian College ground and finally gathered at 1st Gate, Chumukedima where the programme was held. All the shops in and around the area were even shut down protesting against the incident. Most of the speakers at the rally denounced the action , especially non-locals, who often seek intervention of armed cadres of different factions to settle problems. They also further stated that issues or problems between parties should be solved with full knowledge of authorities rather than involving underground groups. The speakers also asked public to refrain from seeking the help of undergrounds to solve matters. Questioning the attitude of the cadres despite providing them with food, clothes and shelter, president Chumukedima Mothers Association (CMA) said the undergrounds under the barrel of the guns have been continuously harassing the innocent Naga citizens without mercy and in the process inflicting grievous injuries both physically and mentally. “This is not the first incident. There are similar cases of abuses including numerous killings by the undergrounds to innocents in the name of realizing independence, said CMA. It asked all right thinking citizens to protest. The CMA also pointed out that raiding liquor dens have been mostly unsuccessful as bootleggers have links with various underground cadres or that the cadres were themselves involved. Later a memorandum was submitted to the Chumukedima Town Council and NSCN/GPRN but no copy was issued to the media. Representatives of various Tribal Hohos, Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Chumukedima Town Council spoke at the rally. Meanwhile, the CSU have extended apology to the GRPN/NSCN for the error of accusing it for physical assault case of the student.

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