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State Police says reports of Sept. 15 incident ‘one-sided’
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Responding to different versions of the September 15 incident involving the 12 NAP(IR) with agitating students along NH 39 under Golaghat district on September 15, Nagaland Police described the reports on the incident “concocted and one sided”
Furnishing a detailed account of the causes and factors of the incident, Inspector General of Police (Hqr) & PRO Nagaland, S. T. Sangtam IPS said on September 15, an IR Coy of Nagaland Armed Police with 6 vehicles under the command of an Assistant Commandant were proceeding to Kohima for security duty in connection with the visit of the vice president. Before reaching Garampani forest area at around 11 am about 100 t0 150 students (all in the same uniform) blocked the NH 39 and did not allow the NAP (IR) convoy to pass.
Sangtam said while the IR convoy was held up, other convoys of BSF and CRPF proceeding from Dimapur towards Golaghat side, consisting of 5 (five) vehicles were allowed to pass.
He said since the protestors (students) were young boys and girls, the IRB Company Commander tried his level best to persuade the protesters to allow its convoy to pass since they had already allowed the BSF and CRPF convoys to pass.
The PRO said the IRB informed the protestors about the nature of their duty i,e, security duty for the vice president. The protestors were also reminded of exemptions on Police, CPFs, army, press and medical personnel from the purview of different bandhs and other agitations.
Meanwhile, after being blocked for about 45 minutes, a UTP escort party proceeding to Dimapur also reached the spot. The PRO said that the escort commander of the party on seeing the unattended agitation, contacted the OC of the Golaghat Police Station and apprised him of the position. THe PRO said the Golaghat OC reportedly responded that he would be arriving at the place of blockade but did not turn up even after a lapse of over one and a half hour.
By then one Gypsy carrying, a BSF deputy commandant also reached the spot and was allowed to pass by the agitators,the PRO said. Meanwhile, the students instead of relenting to the repeated requests of officers and men started shouting slogan against the IRB “Nagaland Police Mordabad.”
Seeing the situation turning into an anti-Naga Police agitation, the Commander of the party took the decision to leave the area in order to avoid further unwanted situation that could develop due to the unreasonable attitude of the agitators, the PRO said.
Thus, in spite of all the insults heaped upon them, the IRB personnel in the convoy did not retaliate but firmly opened a passage for the vehicles to pass through, he said. Further, the PRO said as the Police convoy proceeded to break through the blocked road, the students, apparently suspecting that the police were going to use force, fled from the scene. As they fled from the scene, some of the protesters pelted stones at the convoy as a result of which the windshield of vehicle number NL-11-1463 (Mini Bus) was broken and one of the UTP escort personnel was hit above the right eyebrow, the PRO explained. It was stated that the injured personnel was taken to Zion Hospital, Dimapur and now reportedly out of danger.
Having examined the incident, the PRO said certain pictures have emerged from the incident that:
1. The Students took out the agitation without the permission of the Golaghat District Administration.
2. The Students blocked the National Highway — 39.
3. The Nagaland Police were on bonafide Government duty.
4. The Nagaland Police were detained for over 2 (two) hours.
5. The Students (agitators) discriminated the Nagaland Police by allowing the BSF and CRPF convoys to cross the barricade and detained the Nagaland Police.
6. The Golaghat Police never turned up at the place of occurrence for at-least two hours even though blockade was held on National Highway.
7. Nagaland Police neither resorted to firing in the air nor rifle butted the students.
Besides, the PRO said it was confirmed from the SP Golaghat that the AASU local unit along with local public had suddenly resorted to road blockade at Murphilonni Tini Adi NH 39 and blocked traffic without prior intimation to the district administration at 11 am.
In this regard, the PRO also reproduced a message received from S.P Golaghat giving details of the “unsavory incident” that took place between Nagaland Police personnel and local AASU activists.
The PRO said that the local AASU and other public were demanding action against the involved Nagaland Police personnel.
Committee to enquire Sept 15 incident
Nagaland government has constituted an enquiry committee headed by commissioner & secretary, urban development, law & justice and labour & employment, Jane Alam as chairman and two other members to enquire into the incident involving the 12 NAP (lR) Bn B Coy at Murphuloni Tinali along NH 39 in Golaghat district on September 15.
The other two members include commissioner & secretary, personnel & administrative reforms, Amardeep Bhatia, IAS and secretary law and justice, Nihoto Chishi. The Committee would submit its report within 15 days from the date of issue of the order.
According to addl chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir the committee would enquire into the circumstances leading to the incident that had resulted in altercation and confrontation between the ‘B’ Coy of 12 NAP (IR) Bn and the agitating students. The Committee would also enquire into the details of the reports of the government of Assam as incorporated in the letters of the chief secretary to government of Assam and letter of the principal secretary to government of Assam, home & political department.
The Committee has been entrusted to enquire into the manner of how the altercation and confrontation took place between the personnel of the ‘B’ Coy of the 12 NAP (lR) Bn and the agitating students.
Besides, the Committee would enquire into the actions of IR Police personnel, the amount of force used, if any, and the injuries and damages reportedly caused due to their actions. Further, the Committee has been asked to enquire whether the personnel of the 12 NAP (IR) Bn acted beyond the parameters of their duties and responsibilities and also enquire whether there has been any excess committed by the members of the 12 NAP (IR) Bn.
After enquiring into the incident, the Committee has been asked to recommend actions to be taken by the government and fix responsibilities against any individual or group of the personnel of 12 NAP (lR) Bn as might be deemed fit as an outcome of their enquiry.
The Committee would also submit in its report such recommendations to ensure that such incidents do not occur in future.

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