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Mangmetong VC unhappy over AR act
Correspondent Mokokchung, Jul 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Jul. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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The Mangmetong Village Council Friday lodged a complaint through a letter to the Assam Rifles Nagaland against the commanding officer 9 Assam Rifles Mokokchung for the damage caused to the “Mangmetong Village Historical Monument” Friday evening at the village.
In a joint statement, Imlimeren Longchar chairman and Talimeren Tzudir secretary of Mangmetong Village Council said that the villagers decided to construct the “Mangmetong Village Historical Monument” on November 3, 2009 and the same was completed on the July 9, 2010.
The letter also mentioned that the monument was destroyed by the 9 Assam Rifles led by the commanding officer on July 9, 2010 and the damaged materials were loaded back to Mokokchung which they felt was a serious matter with regard to the village sentiments. The letter also requested the concerned authority to look into the matter and solve the problem at the earliest.
The members of the village council said the commanding officer with his troops came to the village at around 5 pm Friday and took away the plaque that was erected.
The villagers said such act meted on the villagers by the AR was improper and added that the citizens of the village deeply resented.
The council also gave a copy of the words that were inscribed at the plaque as:
Mangmetong Village Historical Monument
“Inscribed herein are the historical events that the Mangmetong Village took part for the cause of the Naga Political Movement”.
1. No villagers were allowed to work as labourers for the Britishers.
2. No land taxation was given to the Indian Government.
3. The first village amongst the Ao Nagas and the second in Nagaland to take part in the historic Naga plebiscite.
4. Has a history of the village being burnt by the Indian army for 19 (nineteen) times.
5. A son of the soil, Shri Late Tajenyuba Ao (although an elected MLA) gave his full support for the Naga Political Movement and the fruits of which still continues to this day in the form of the ongoing Naga Peace process for permanent political settlement.

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