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6 Colonies reject imposition of name
Published on 12 Jun. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Dispute over change of name of polling station Nos.11 & 12 earlier under ‘Lengrijan ADC Court Area’ to ‘Razhuphe Village’ through an order of DC Dimapur during 2008 has kicked up a storm in Dimapur where photography for EPIC had to be abandoned then rescheduled for June 13. Six colonies under the aegis of the Joint Forum, has issued a strong rejoinder to the letter submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer Kohima by the Chakhro Angami Kuda Union president K.Medom Angami.
Chairmen of the six colonies- Meren Zhimomi, Hills View Colony; Tsatheo Ezung,Oriental Colony; A.J.Rengma,Industrial Estate; T.Panger Jamir, Ao Kong Colony; Matong Jamir,Lengrijan and Ozao Odyou,Duncan Bosti- asserted that Lingrijan is as old as Dimapur and its original geographical area is shown as being bounded by Duncan bosti,Kacharigaon and Karbi Anglong.
They said right since inception of 2-Dimapur-II assembly constituency, polling stations Nos.11 & 12 was created under the name of the local area “Lingrijan ADC Court Area”.
They said trouble started during 2000-01 when T.L.Angami started demanding change of nomenclature on the claim that he established a village styled as ‘Razhuphe Village’ in the same area.
They affirmed that the six colonies are owned by the respective land owners having title documents and therefore, the claim of T.L.Angami that the village was established in the area “need not even be pondered by any rational human being”.
They said the claim that ‘Industrial Village Razhuphe’ as the only Angami village in Dimapur Sadar established according to Angami traditional customs and usage “may be a village for T.L.Angami and the author of the letter but that at no point of time was such a village ever established in any part of the areas in western Dimapur town stretching right up to the border with Karbi Anglong. They said since their predecessors, inhabitants of the area have been living in areas called by the respective names.
They asserted that their grievances were for protection of the use of the age-old name of their local areas and not against the Angami traditional name or the “so claimed traditional and historical land owner of Dimapur”.
Asserting that no tribe or individual has any right to compel them to change the age old names of their local area to that of any particular tribe, the Forum warned any interference into their affairs “shall be abated at any cost.”
Further the Forum said any attempt to impose “an alien name” on any part of the six colonies” was not only a direct challenge but direct confrontation of their rights rather than resistance being a direct challenge on the Angami traditional customs and usages “ as stated by the author of the letter.”
They said inhabitants of the six colonies are a cosmopolitan society of all tribes and nationalities with enough population and forces to “overcome any outside interference”. They demanded that the “author of the letter” substantiate the allegation that the EPIC booth No 11 & 12 were “gheraoed by the agitating crowd” of people coming from all over Dimapur. They asserted that on June 7 and 8, the inhabitants had a “peaceful sit-in demonstration by boycotting the EPIC photography” on their own volition and not “against any others” . They added that such method was their collective legitimate and fundamental right under the Indian constitution and that even Naga custom and tradition do not prohibit such actions.
Further, they said police under the supervision of the administration had to act against the “wrong doers like T.L.Angami and not against law abiding citizens.”
They said their patience was tested to the limits in the context of the situation created by T.L.Angami and therefore, cautioned T.L.Agnami that unless he reformed and live as a peaceful citizen in the area, they would be compelled to “take appropriate actions according to our social customs and practices as no one is above the law.”

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