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CAN memo to governor over July 9 incident
Published on 21 Jul. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of July 9 incident wherein a Catholic Church in Anatongre village was allegedly pulled down, the Catholic Associations of Nagaland (CAN) Tuesday met Nagaland governor and urged him to urgently intervene into the matter.
According to CAN president Deo Dukru and joint secretary Letgong Patrick its delegation today met the governor and submitted a memorandum and apprised him about the July 9 incident.
Disclosing the alleged resolutions adopted by Anatongre citizen union and students’ union, during join council meeting March 18 last, the CAN said the meet resolved that “there shall be only Baptist Christian denomination in the village” and that Rs 50,000 fine would be imposed to those who bring other religion/denomination to the village. The resolution also reportedly stated that defaulter/s’ moveable and immovable properties would be seized and expelled from the village.
Describing the measures adopted by the village as “direct violation of the fundamental right of religion,” the CAN said it also goes against the basic Naga ethos. Also, questioning the “extra constitutional exercise of power” by Anatongre village authorities, the CAN said it should not overstep its jurisdiction by infringing on the fundamental rights of its own citizens. CAN further alleged that in spite of reminder to DC Kiphire to take preventive measures, the district administration failed to act on the request leading to the “unfortunate incident” of dismantling of Church.

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