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TSU demands action over 3rd NAP assault case
Correspondent KIPHIRE, NOV 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Tikhir Students’ Union (TSU) has demanded immediate action and clarification on or before November 25 from the Commandant 3rd NAP over November 5 Waphure incident where the jawans allegedly assaulted some youths who were returning from Thonoknyu after escorting a dead body.
Condemning the incident, the TSU alleged that the 3rd NAP jawans deployed at Waphure village assaulted 11 Tikhir youths (relatives of the deceased) along with the driver and handy man on November 5 at around 7:00 pm for bursting fire crackers on the night of November 4 at around 11:30 pm near Thunoknyu junction. TSU chairman executive council, Antony Tsangmong and president, R. Daniel in a joint statement said that the youths explained to the jawans that the reason behind bursting fire crackers was to ward off the devil, as was believed, in order to reach the destination safely.
“But to our utter surprise, it is learnt that some jawans, without proper interrogation, forced them to bend down and beat them with the sticks without mercy saying that bursting fire crackers was an insult against their deployment at Waphure village,” TSU said. It alleged that the driver who was punched on his face suffered tooth fracture and a swollen eye thereby making driving difficult. The TSU pointed out that the use of fire crackers were common in Nagaland especially in Kiphire when somebody dies.
“Therefore, the act of those jawans was not against any other reason than their deliberate attempt to torture,” the TSU asserted. The Union also said that the bursting of fire crackers started at Kiphire where the person passed away and continued till they reached Thonoknyu. “… therefore, it was not an insult or as such on NAP jawans or anyone,” it stated.
It was also alleged that after the assault, the youths were asked to pay Rs. 5000 for bursting fire crackers stating that they violated the rule and also Rs. 500 to driver alleging that he crossed the speed limit. The money was, however given back, TSU said. In the light of this incident, the TSU has asked the authority concerned to issue clarification on the following points on or before November 25:
1. Waphure village is not an administrative post nor is it on border. Therefore, why are the NAP jawans deployed there for more than a year?
2. The deployment of security personnel, where it be, is to protect the lives and properties of the people. But ironically, the jawans acted in opposite manner. So are those jawans deployed there to torture innocent people?
3. Despite knowing the grief and sorrow, the mourning youth (relatives of the deceased) were tortured by the jawans just because of bursting fire crackers. Therefore, the jawans involved in torturing youths must be suspended immediately and the rest jawans must vacate Waphure village.
The TSU said it would be forced to take its own course of action if the authority failed to comply with its demand and that any consequences arising thereby would be borne by those jawans involved.

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