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CSCF, MUK condemn july 9 incident
Published on 23 Jul. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Concerned Senior Citizens’ Forum (CSCF) of Mokokchung Town has expressed concern over the incident that took place at Mangmetong village of Mokokchung district on July 9 by 9th Assam Rifles under the Command of Rohit Khare; Commanding officer.
CSCF alleged that the commandant deployed his jawans in three vehicles with clear instructions to destroy the most dignified and historical monument, the monolith erected by the villagers. According to CSCF the jawans not only destroyed the monument but stole the stone plate which was not only an open theft case but a direct challenge of existing historical facts of Nagas committed by the officer.
CSCF stated that historical monument that was erected by the villagers indicated unique history that took place in their village beginning from May 16,1951 on which day, the first thump impression of Naga National Plebiscite began at Mangmetong village led by Late Subongmeyu of Mangmetong village in Ao area. Burning of Mangmetong village even 19 times beginning from the year 1956 onward, forced grouping to Longkhum village during 1957 to 1958 and Indian Army operation several times during which many innocent citizens were shot death including students followed by rape cases by Indian Armed Forces in the said village. It also stated that historical monument which was eventually erected was dear to the villagers as the inscription spoke about sacrificial contributions made by Mangmetong villagers in Naga nationalism and British-Naga relation before independence that was destroyed by the commanding officer. CSCF members I.Mangko Jamir Advocate and Panger Ao in a press statement said action of Rohit Khare and his jawans had created political history and situation during such a time when government if India had already recognized the unique political history and situation of the Nagas.
CSCF stated that CO of 9 Assam Rifles and his team should restore the monolith and tender unconditional public apology for their misdeeds to avoid further political complication.
MUK: Mangmetong Union, Kohima (MUK) has vehemently condemned the “arrogant, barbaric and unwarranted action” of Commanding Officer of the 9th Assam Rifles Rohit Khare on July 9 at Mangmetong village.
MUK stated that “intentional, malafide, vindictive and illegal action” committed by the officer in the village was total negation of all penal law of the land adding the officers’ high handed action was “abrogation” of all applicable custom and traditional practice of Nagas in general and Mangmetong villagers in particular. MUK appealed the authorities to bring the erring officer to book and accord appropriate punishment at the earliest.

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