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ZUD questions 6 colonies over EPIC protest
Published on 13 Jun. 2011 12:10 AM IST
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Taking serious note over the obstruction of EPIC photography under polling 11 and 12 at Industrial Village Razhüphe Dimapur by the six colonies, the Zhadima Union Dimapur Sunday said that there were some vested interested persons, instigating outsiders to agitate and prevent voters from availing photography in their own polling station.
ZUD president, Neiyalie Angami and secretary Vikietuo questioned the “so called six colonies” as to why were they obstructing and opposing photography under polling station 11 and 12, when all the colonies have their own polling station?.
ZUD also blamed the district administration for its failure to control the agitators and to protect the voters during the photography session. Pointing out that the government had issued the order for the convenience of the voters of Industrial Village Razüphe after observing all the formalities, it wondered why these colonies targeted T.L. Angami instead of approaching government for their grievances.
ZUD further pointed out that there was no reason to oppose or obstruct the government order for EPIC photography by anybody in these two stations.
ZUD said the 2008 election was conducted smoothly and successfully under the same name of polling station without any objection.
Meanwhile, clarifying on the land ownership issue, the union said the traditional history of land ownership in Nagaland was clearly mentioned in the book of land survey and its benefits that, “Nagaland state has accorded a special status in the Indian union, under article 371 A of the constitution, which provides and protects customs and traditions of Naga people that the land ownership continue to remain in the hands of the individual, clan, communities and villagers”.
“As such the government is not the owner of land but the villagers are the undisputed owner of land in the state. Thus, the state government does not own/possess any land except by paying compensation or through donation received from villagers for specific purpose of common interest”.
Taking all these into exception, ZUD claimed that the land belonged to Angami Community (Chumukedima) and not the government or a cosmopolitan society or all tribes and nationalities. It further warned that in the event of any untoward incident on TL Angami, the 6 agitating leaders of the colonies would be held responsible and the district administration for failing to control the agitators.

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