In response to a statement issued by village council chairman, Jalukie Old, Hainkieng, published in local dailies on November 20 on land seizure belonging to Old Jalukie village, the head GB, Kakiho village Kakiho Achumi clarified that the administration and police would never side a particular group or community to seize/snatch land belonging to other Naga tribe.
Village council chairman on November 18 alleged that 30 Sumi youth led by one Kakheho, chairman of Diphupar-B, along with SDO (C) Dhansipar and some police personnel attempted to seize the land belonging to Old Jalukie village.
In this connection, head GB in a press release clarified that the village authorities of K. Xekiye and Ghowoto received information that a group of people numbering about 300 armed with fire arms and daos were camping inside the land of Ghowoto and K. Xekiye villages and constructing house structures.
The village authority of two Sumi villages organized a group of 30 youth and went to the spot at about 3:30 in the afternoon of November 18 and prevented the group from constructing structures, which were illegal.
In the process, the administration and police led by SDO (Civil) Dhansiripar, Anoop Khinchi (IAS) alongwith DBs and Police Officer In-charge, Abung Ao arrived at the spot at about 4:00 p.m. On reaching the spot, the administration and police took control of the situation. Phowoto Zhimomi, head GB of Ghowoto village, K. Xekiye, head GB and Kakiho Achumi, head GB, Kakiho village also reached the spot, added the GB.
He also alleged that on enquiring about occurrence of the incident by administration and police, it was revealed from the group from Old Jalukie that Hainkieng “falsely propagated” that a new village was to be established in the land belonging to Old Jalukie and misguided the group, with Asuzo Kezo, GB and Beto Belo both of Jalukie Lo village located near K. Xekiye village, as in-charge of the group, into the land belonging to Ghowoto and K. Xekiye village on November 18.
According to confession made by the group, many of them, especially those who had come from villages in other districts of the state, were not even aware that the land actually belonged to Sumi villages and not to Old Jalukie village as claimed by Hainkieng.
Besides, 33 men from Viswema village in Kohima district and 88 men from Khomi village in Phek district, four females were also part of the group. “Sumi village authorities do not blame those who had come from villages in other districts, it is because Hainkieng had falsely instigated those innocent villagers in the pretext of providing land to them” stated the GB.
“As goodwill gesture, none of the members of Hainkieng group were either seized by the Sumi youth nor arrested by the police. Even those 37 men armed with guns, who had taken position to confront Sumi youth, were allowed to walk away along with four female members in presence of administration and police. Some members of the group left on foot while others were transported back to Old Jalukie by the administration” added the GB.
He further questioned as to how Hainkieng could claim the land where he had misled his group to be a part of Old Jalukie when the incident occurred 22 kilometers away (inside Sumi territory) from the last government recognized Sumi village – K. Xekiye village, which was recognized on 29 May, 1996 and bordering Sumis and Zeliangs.
The GB clarified that the area in which Hainkieng’s group allegedly intruded and tried to establish a village was seven kilometers away from Dhansiripar – the SDO (Civil) headquarter under Dimapur district and whereas Sumi boundary extended beyond the area from where the incident had occurred.
In this regard, the GB said there was no possibility whatsoever to claim the existence of an area of land belonging to Old Jalukie well inside Sumi territory. He further went on to at add the action of Sumi youth was not to hurt or harm any body but to safeguard the interest of the village and protect the village property.