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AASU suspends economic blockade
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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All Assam Students’ Union (ASSU) in the wee hours of Friday agreed to temporality suspend its five-day-old economic blockade against Nagaland on condition that Nagaland government booked all “erring” IR personnel involved in September 15 Murphuloni incident.
This decision arrived after “trust building meeting” between the representatives of ASSU and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) in Golaghat September 23.
AASU’s temporary suspension of economic blockade was also based on suspension of one police officer in connection with the incident. Confirming this at a press conference held Friday at Hotel Saramati Dimapur, the NSF delegates said ASSU decided to suspend the blockade after Nagaland government suspended an assistant commandant of the 12 IRB “bravo” company allegedly involved in the Murphuloni incident and announcement of Rs. 5 lakh relief to victims of the incident.
However, AASU representatives were firm on their stand that all errant IRB personnel be booked, the NSF team informed.
In connection with this, the NSF urged state government to book all personnel involved in the incident and award “befitting punishment”.
Asserting that they had also viewed the video footage of the incident provided by AASU representatives, the NSF team said IRB personnel had certainly gone “a bit” excessive.
Terming Thursday’s meeting as a “trust building meeting” to thrash out differences and to have a mutual understanding between the two neighbouring states, the NSF general secretary O. Wati Jamir said the house had a “fruitful discussion” with both parties agreeing to solve any type of problems through “dialogue”.
The NSF delegation included federation general secretary O. Wati Jamir, advisor Achumbemo Kikon, tribunal general Imchatoba Imchen, secretary Maijang Rongmei and DNSU vice president Akum.
Although the NSF president and speaker were also among the delegation, they were unable to be present at the press conference owing to prior engagement, the team informed.
Meanwhile, an ASSU press statement received here Friday said it had lifted the blockade after considering the action taken by Nagaland government, in the form of suspending a police officer responsible for atrocities, and an appeal made by NSF to lift the blockade in the interest of strengthening people to people relationship between two communities.
“However, ASSU will be compelled to resume the agitation if all the erring police personnel involved in the September 15 incident are not brought to book at the earliest,” the ASSU statement warned.
It maybe mentioned that three members of the inquiry committee instituted by Nagaland government had visited Golaghat on Wednesday and met AASU leaders, some of the victims and the district administration officials and had appealed to AASU to lift the economic blockade.

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