The residents of DMC ward no. 12 has informed that some people under the leadership of T.L. Angami have been forcibly directing the owners of business establishments and shops located in Hill View and Industrial Estate colonies to replace the signboards as “Industrail Village Razhuphe” and also charging a fines to those refusing to comply with the direction. In this regard, Meren Zhimomi, chairman Hill View Colony; A.J. Rengma, chairman Industrial Estate Colony; Lanu Ao, GB Hill View Colony and Asang Lemtur, GB Industrial Estate Colony in a joint press statement clarified that the erstwhile DTC Ward No. 12 which was earlier under the erstwhile DTC Ward No. 11 has been notified as DMC Ward No. 12 vide government of Nagaland notification issued by the secretary to the government of Nagaland, Home Department and published in the Nagaland Gazette Extraordinary with the following geographical boundaries as north-Lengri Nullah, south-Diphu road (NH-26), east-Circular Road and west-Lengri Nullah. The signatories also clarified that there was neither government recognition order of the so ‘claimed’ Industrial Village Razhuphe nor any government notified map and added that no court of law has ever held the village as government recognized village nor any survey map of the village held lawful and valid binding upon the public at large.
“It is only a fictitious village however enjoying the benefits under various schemes issued from RD department for which no other than the responsible officials are to be held responsible”, the GBs and chairmen of Hill view colony and Industrial Estate colony said. Claming that every plot owners under DMC Ward No. 12 were lawful owners with absolute title given by the government, the GBs and chairmen of the respective colonies said T.L. Angami has no right to claim anything on these areas to be his village and to enforce any direction to the public within the areas under DMC Ward No. 12 as he himself is also a mere resident of the same area like others.
They further informed all land owners under DMC Ward No. 12 to inform their tenants not to succumb to the illegal activities of T.L. Angami but to report to the colony executive bodies in case of any such forcible collections of fines.
The signatories also appealed business establishments of Hill View and Industrial Estate colonies to restore the original signboards with the names and correct addresses as displayed earlier. Lamenting over the government machineries and local authorities continuing to remain silent observers to the illegal activities, the GBs and chairmen of Hill View and Industrial Estate colonies warned that residents in the ward would condemn such illegal activities and the government and local authorities would be jointly held liable with the illegal doers.