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Intanki not a private property: GPRN/NSCN
DIMAPUR, OCT 5 (NPN):
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Published on 6 Oct. 2010 4:12 PM IST
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GPRN/NSCN has raised serious concern over what it described as the trend of bringing in new families each year from Naga inhabited areas in Manipur and planting them in the Intanki Reserve forest and the Nagaland government being a “nervous spectator watching the sinister drama” taking place there.
GPRN/NSCN said that the same trend going on for the last 10 years has become the biggest threat to the treasured reserve forest. It pointed out that the “so-called encroachments” by tribes from Nagaland state was paltry compared to the vigorous colonies and establishments taking place by transplanted Nagas from other states in many pockets of the Intanki Reserve Forest. Surprisingly, the MIP GPRN/NSCN said, all evictions were done only to settlers from Nagaland state and the state government was nervously watching the drama. The GPRN/NSCN said it was high time that the tribal hohos in the state, NGOs and civil societies, student bodies, GBs etc proposed a spot verification in the Intanki Reserve Forest because of the fact that Intanki was a National Reserve Forest and not a “rehabilitation area.” The GPRN/NSCN informed all concerned that it did not recognize any human habitation/settlement beyond the Monglomukh River since the forest and wildlife of Intanki was the pride and inheritance of all Nagas. “…any claim to it in part or whole by any individual or group is out rightly rejected today or tomorrow,” the MIP added.
The GPRN said that in 1993, a huge chunk of Degar Mouza (Intanki forest) of Naga Hills was transferred to North Cachchar Hills and only an area of 44, 800 area in acres was named Intanki Forest, Naga Hills District with prescribed boundaries notification.

 
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