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Intangki issue: TPO petitions govt
DIMAPUR, NOV 11 (NPN)
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Published on 12 Nov. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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: Alarmed over the “continuing encroachment” of Intangki National Park allegedly by Naga United/Inavi village and others, the Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO) today appealed to Nagaland government for immediate action for the “survival of the Park.”
In an open representation to the state minister for forests, ecology, environment & wildlife, the TPO drafted “facts” as per historical accounts and official records pertaining to the area in question.
It pointed out that as per records, the entire land of the present Intangki National Park, measuring approximately 20,202 hectares, was freely donated by Old Beisumpui - a Tenyimi inhabited village - in the early 1920s.
It claimed that the Park fell within the jurisdiction of “Tenyimi traditional and time honored land” and that it was TPO’s duty to protect and preserve its land from encroachers.
“If the goodwill and benevolence of Old Beisumpui village and the purpose of the donation are to be defeated by the actions of the self-centered encroachers and the same cannot be checked and protected by the government, we the Tenyimi People’s Organization cannot remain as mute spectators but shall be compelled to take back the land by canceling the donation made by Old Beisumpui village nine decades ago,” the representation read.
TPO asserted that the crux of the problem was that -the present area where the Naga United/Inavi village sought to be established, claiming its settlement on the strength of the aforesaid letter- was located deep inside the Intangki National Park and approximately 15 km away from Hazadisa, the place where the home commissioner of Nagaland in a letter dated April 22, 1988, said the government was considering the establishment of Inavi village.
Stating that those spearheading the encroachment were not indigenous inhabitants of the district the land in question fell under and have no historical affinity with the traditional land owners, TPO demanded that the government authority remove Naga United/Inavi village and all other encroachers from the Intanki National Park without delay or default.
Failing to comply with its requisition, TPO cautioned that it would be constrained to initiate befitting action(s) against the encroachers so as to protect its “traditional land and our historical rights” over the same.

 
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