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Police firing in Haflong; 9 injured
Published on 10 Apr. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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At least nine persons including two girls were injured when police fired on demonstrators at Haflong, headquarter of Assam’s North Cachar hill district, Friday. The demonstrators, under the banner of N C Hills Indigenous Students’ Forum, were demonstrating at the bus stand demanding bifurcation of the hill council into two districts for the Dimasa and non-Dimasa tribes of Jemi, Hmar and Kuki. As the students refused to vacate the area, police first resorted to lathicharge and then opened fire at 8.45 am. The injured have all been admitted to Haflong civil hospital. (With PTI inputs)
IPF condemns
Indigenous Peoples Forum (IPF), which put the number of injured persons to nine, strongly condemned the firing by the Assam Police in dealing with what it termed was democratic assertion and protest of its citizens. The Forum felt that Amitabh Singha APS (ASP) and OC Shankar Swarggwary of the Assam Police, currently posted in Haflong, NC Hills should be suspended alleging that they have come under the “whims and fancy of the communal Dimasa people.” “We strongly condemned the two officials who have lost their integrity, fairness, truth and justice in such crucial time,” the forum said in a statement issued by its organizing secretary. D.B. Thiek.
The IPF said despite the peaceful bandh, the police forces tackled its volunteers by employing brutal force and resorted to use their destructive guns and weapons severely injuring 9 persons including:
Lalengzaua Hauhnar (24), Tongginlal Lhouvum (22), Luthau Singson (24), Sumsanglawm Zate (30), Teusuibe Zeme(32), Teutuile Zeme (22), Isatleing Riame (22), Haimuing and Adinle Kuame (30).
The IPF has demanded bifurcation of NC Hills into two autonomous district councils; one for the diverse tribes who composed the majority (64%) under the same NC Hills and one for the Dimasa (34%) with whatever name of their choice.
It also demanded that the Group of Minister’s Committee that was appointed to change the name of NC Hills be made null and void on moral grounds and a new committee be reconstituted with new members for finding just and lasting political solution.
Further, the IPF demanded that the victims of Assam Police “atrocities” be duly compensated and medically treated.

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