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Akumen Jhumland burnt
Published on 25 Mar. 2010 12:01 AM IST
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Reported to have been the handy work of the Surrendered United Liberation Front of Asom (SULFA) cadres, more than 500 hectares of planted land belonging to Akumen village (Lirmen-C) was devastated by wildfire started on March 18.
According to a statement issued by Er. Temsu Wathi Ao, District Informatics Officer (NIC) Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Mokokchung & Coordinator, BPCC (A-N), the same group of SULFA cadres had caused disturbances in the foothills by provoking the Naga villagers by using weapons and Assam government machinery in order to capture Naga Jhumland for plantation of Tea in an organised manner.
The site was visited Wednesday by Border Magistrate, Tzurangkong, Bendanglila and her team to take stock of the situation.
Er. Temsu said that the fire had destroyed valuable standing trees, crops, beetle vines & leaves, Orange & Pineapple orchards, medicinal trees and orchards sponsored and maintained by the self help groups estimated to cost cores of rupees. The Akumen village community has strongly condemned the “barbaric act.”
The village community has appreciated the government of Nagaland for promptly deputing the Border Magistrate. It appealed the government to come up with concrete rehabilitation measures to the affected villagers at the earliest.

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