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State govt. regrets Sept. 15 incident
Published on 22 Sep. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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Nagaland government, in its special state cabinet meeting held Tuesday, has expressed regret over September 15 Murphuloni incident, whereby the personnel of 12 NAP (IR) Bn, ‘Bravo’ company allegedly committed certain excess while dealing with the agitating students of Assam.
In a press release, the state chief secretary Lalthara said that the cabinet meeting further decided to initiate stringent action against anybody found guilty of excesses and behaviour unbecoming of armed uniformed police personnel.
To probe the incident, the state government September 18 had constituted a high level enquiry panel to investigate into the incident and submit report within 15 days.
Meanwhile, the state cabinet has appealed to All Assam Students’ Union (ASSU) to lift the economic blockade against Nagaland.
“This appeal has been made in the interest of maintaining the age old good neighbourly relations between the people of Assam and Nagaland,” said Lalthara.
Besides, the state cabinet has accepted the recommendations “peace committee” report on Pungro issue which was constituted to assess the situation in Kiphire district, under the chairmanship of DC, Kiphire.
Over bogus appointment of teachers in the state school education department, the sitting decided to direct the education department to take action within October 31.
With regard to the issue of nonpayment of electricity bills by certain state departments, the cabinet of Nagaland agreed that hereafter electricity bills would be deducted from the source i.e. finance department.
Naga Hoho
Stating that the allegations leveled against Nagaland Police and the reaction from the latter over the September 15 incident in Golaghat was “contradictory in nature,” the Naga Hoho said it viewed the episode as “very unfortunate” and that both the parties should have maintained outmost restraint in order to avoid such incidences of adverse consequences.
Naga Hoho lauded the state government for timely set up of enquiry commission for thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the “unwanted situation” and appealed the concerned authority to accomplish the mission within the stipulated time in the interest of both the states.
Sharing solidarity with the AASU for the “unfortunate incident,” the Naga Hoho fervently appealed both the Assam government under the dynamic chief minister Tarun Gogoi and the collective visionary leadership of AASU and its members to renew their agenda of imposing all forms of “detrimental actions” against the Naga people to ensure ageless sisterly relationship.
Nagaland police had recently described reports on September 15 incident as “concocted and one sided”.
Furnishing a detailed account of the incident, the state police PRO, S. T. Sangtam had said certain pictures emerged from the incident. It pointed out that students took out agitation without the permission of Golaghat district administration. Picketers blocked the NH— 39 and detained Nagaland police for over two hours while allowed other CMPF convoys to pass. State police had also clarified that jawans neither resorted to firing nor rifle butted the students.

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