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Yimchungrüs demand dist
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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Yimchungrü Tribal Council (YTC) has submitted a memorandum to the state chief minister to carve out a separate administrative district headquarters for the Yimchungrü tribe inclusive of all Yimchungrü inhabited areas of Tuensang and Kiphire districts.
The YTC memorandum to Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, dated August 16, 2010, stated that Sangtams under the banner of United Sangtam Likhum Bhumji (USLB) always disrupted peaceful gathering of the Yimchungrü community at Pungro on several occasions in most “undemocratic way” violating the MoU signed August 8, 2003 by USLB, YTC and KDSH besides elected members of the NLA from the district at the time of district headquarters formation.
Stating that suppressive activities of the Sangtams have reached “a point of unbearable and intolerance situation,” the YTC said this time thousands of Sangtam youths, armed with various deadly weapons including sophisticated fire arms, created war-like situation targeting the Yimchungrüs.
“Such action of the Sangtams not only spread terror and panic but also caused permanent fear and apprehension to the Yimchungrüs compelling them to flee for their lives,” said YTC working president Kius Chuba Yimchungrü and general secretary Tokiu S. Yimchungrü.
Informing the chief minister that normalcy was unlikely to be restored, the YTC said even the administration and police continued to remain “mute spectators” so also the authority responsible has not questioned them for their inability to contain the situation.
Further, maintaining that there was no sign of the presence of law and order, the apex Yimchungrü tribal body said rather the whole town was ruled by armed Sangtams resulting into “utter anarchy.”
They further expressed doubt that authority responsible would be able to provide adequate security and protection to Yimchungrüs at work places, educational institutions and respective residences.
YTC further told the chief minister that in all aspects, the Yimchungrüs, under Kiphire district, were deprived of all kinds of privileges and facilities ignoring the signed MoU.
In view of “facts and circumstances” it mentioned, the YTC said it would rescind from the MoU to the extent that Yimchungrüs would not be able to remain within Kiphire district. As an alterative, the YTC hence demanded separate district, including all the Yimchungrüs employees of state government, posted at Kiphire, be transferred out immediately.
Relating that state road show cum Medümnio festival at Pungro was cancelled due to law and order situation created by USLB at Kiphire, the YTC, in good faith and for deliverance of equal justice and opportunities to all, requested the state chief minister to keep in abeyance the proposed state road show cum Mongmong festival scheduled to be held in Kiphire till issue resolved.
Underlining that it had placed all the demands before the government for redressal so as to avoid any unwanted situations that could arise, the Yimchungrü tribal council urged chief state chief minister to communicate “appropriate and satisfactory” action to its demand within August 25, 2010.

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