Border Peace Coordination Committee (A-N), seven other organizations and well-wishers arranged a press meet at Jorhat Press Club (JPC) on September 16 to discuss general issues of the committee and recent allegation leveled at committee’s coordinator by an Assamese daily.
It was informed that a news item that appeared in Assamese daily “Dainik Agradoot” on September 7 made accusatory remarks on the BPCC (A-N) coordinator & district informatics officer (DIO) of NIC, deputy commissioner’s office Mokokchung Er. Temsu Wathi Ao.
The local media appreciated the efforts of the BPCC (A-N) and cautioned newspapers on citing confronted news relating to sensitive matters like border issues. Since the reported news item reportedly upset the sentiments of many, prominent teachers and former founder president of JPC came forward to nullify the news item. They expressed dismay over the content of the news item and opined that the purported reporter(s) did not know Er. Temsu Wathi Ao, who they said, was a dynamic Naga-Assamese youth “working to uplift the age old good relations between the Nagas and Ahoms that existed from time immemorial.” A press release issued by BPCC (A-N) coordinator Er. Temsu Wathi also informed that a message sent to the committee by the deputy commissioner Mokokchung was also read out to the gathering. It said that the DC Mokokchung has termed the news item as a “very serious allegation”, not only against the DIO, but also to the government. The DC also expressed hope that the meeting would generate a positive impact on those having “narrow minded vision to create division and insecurity amongst peace loving citizens.”
Representatives from Assam Valley Baptist Mission, Ao Naga unions from Nakachari and Mariani, Minority Development Board (Titabor sub-division), Mariani Assamese & Ao Baptist Church, young entrepreneurs from Mariani, besides print & electronic media participated in the meet. Center for Upliftment of Rural Economy (CURE), Jorhat an NGO who had been working for the poor people and channel partner for the BPCC (A-N) initiated in organizing the meet.