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EPIC exercise in 6 colonies deferred to June 13
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR Jun 8, (NPN):
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 1:00 AM IST
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Even as the district administration issued order cautioning the public from preventing government officials from performing their EPIC duty, the six colonies viz. Hill View, Industrial Estate Colony, Lengrijan, Oriental, Duncan basti and Aokong continued to boycott EPIC photography session Wednesday here.
The colonies are rejecting EPIC over declaration and change of polling station No 11, 12 erstwhile DC court area Lengrijan as ‘Industrial village Razhuphe I & II under one T. L. Angami as village chairman.
DC Dimapur Moangwati Aier, speaking to mediapersons, informed that EPIC photography session scheduled from June 7 to 10 has been deferred to June 13 to 16 as per the request from the public.
The residents from six colonies, who assembled for the second day, contended there was no agenda or any resolutions to change the name of local area from Lengrijan ADC court area to the so claimed Razhuphe village.
The residents, who accused T.L. Angami of manipulating public documents, also held officials in-charge responsible for the crisis.
“We are contemplating for appropriate legal action for criminal liabilities against those officials involved,” they said. Further, they said state election commission has suo motu authority to act in the interest of justice for the public, as the authorities remained silent or acted in partisan manner,
“We shall continue to agitate till the justice is done to us and legitimate rights are restored back to the public,” the agitated residents asserted.
According to DC, the process of changing names of polling areas were carried out in 2007 by then DC Abijit Sinha and approved in 2008 by election commissioner.
IVR condemns
Meanwhile, the Industrial village Razhuphe condemned the leaders of six colonies for trespassing into the place of photographic session and allegedly threatened village voters including BLO and obstructed the ongoing photography session by throwing and breaking the tables and chairs.
A joint release issued by head GB cum chairman Industrial village Razhuphe T.L.Angami and council secretary Keneingulie alleged that GB in uniform on duty was beaten and several villagers were beaten up without on June 7 at town planner office compound, Dimapur.
Meanwhile, the village council authority strongly condemned such unwarranted and illegal action carried out against the village voters by so called leaders and their men.
Further, the village council has requested the authority to take necessary action for the success and completion of on going photography operation.
Meanwhile, on querying about the allegation, GB of Hill View colony Lanu denied the charges leveled by T. LAngami and Keneingulie.
AYO appeals: Meanwhile, the Angami youth organisation (AYO) has opined that joint forum of the five colonies needed to show restraint and cooperate with government while seeking to redress their grievances from government.
It also appealed to residents not to restrict any eligible voter from taking part in the state-wide EPIC campaign as it could hamper the citizens of the area from exercising their universal adult franchise in the long run.
On the other hand, the organisation said it extended its support to the Nagaland voluntary consumer organisation (NVCO) in its campaign to stop illegal collection of taxes/check gates.

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