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EPIC in Dmu-II polling stn suspended

Protestors from 6 colonies prevent EPIC and (right) D.C.Dimapur Maongwati Aier appealing for restraint, outside DC’s office, Dimapur on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) exercise in Polling Stations No.11 & 12 under 2-Dimapur-II assembly constituency was again disrupted for the second time Monday following lathi charge and firing of tear gas shells when some unruly section of the protestors and IRB personnel on duty, had an altercation.
DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier had promulgated section 144 Cr P.C. in the vicinity as a precautionary measure.
Photography exercise had gone off without incident despite tension amid around one thousand protestors from six colonies, demanding a halt to the EPIC on the plea of opposing the change of name of the polling station from ‘Lengrijan-ADC Court Area’ to ‘Industrial Village Razhuphe’.
After around 91 voters completed photography, the protestors prevented the process at around 9 a.m. This nearly led to a clash between the protestors and around 200 volunteers of T.L. Angami from Zhadima village.However police and IRB controlled the situation.
Photography was called off and DC Dimapur Maongwati did not give any further notice. This was the second time EPIC was held, after the earlier one on June 7 had to be postponed due to disturbances.
The negotiations ran into several hours till late in the afternoon. During the negotiations, some of the protestors became unruly and broke window glasses of two buses transporting T.L. Angami’s volunteers which were parked in the vicinity. DC Dimapur, Maongwati and SP Dimapur Z. Mero had a difficult time trying to work out a solution by appealing to the protestors then going to meet with T.L. Angami who is at the centre of the storm.
When protestors objected to the presence of around 200 volunteers who came from Zhadima village in buses and cars, the DC was able to convince T.L. Angami to let his volunteers be escorted back by taking all responsibility for the latter’s security. After the volunteers were escorted back, there was a lull but it was soon broken when some section of the unruly crowd and the IRB personnel on duty had an altercation.
In the ensuing melee, police resorted to lathi charge and firing of tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Meanwhile talking to media persons in his residence, near the DC Office, T.L. Angami claimed that ‘Industrial Village Razhuphe’ was traditionally an Angami tribal village of Chumukedima since his forefathers’ time. He accused DC Dimapur of failing to control the situation due to which EPIC could not be undertaken.
He also asserted the Lingrijan and Duncan Bosti were not under his Industrial Village Razhuphe. He claimed that he had given a plot for Aokong colony on the condition that they would “take care of all the problems.” He alleged that earlier the name was Ao Khel and later changed to Aokong without his approval.
Further he criticized DC Dimapur for alleged violation of the Nagaland Village Council Act by appointing village chairmen in all wards and colonies.
Earlier, DC Dimapur Maongwati told mediapersons that he asked protestors from six colonies-Hill view colony, Industrial Estate, Oriental Colony, Lengrijan, Aokong and Duncan Bosti- to allow the EPIC to go ahead since he had already forwarded their joint representation against change of name of Polling Stations 11 & 12 to the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Duncan Basti Council has extended its unflinching support to the ongoing agitation by the six councils/villages. Ozamo Odyuo, chairman Duncan Basti Council Dimapur and Er. Bendang Longkumer, general secretary Duncan Basti Council Dimapur said the colony would participate in the ongoing agitation in regard to change of name in polling station 11 and 12 under Dimapur-II A/C to Industrial village. (Full text on p-4)

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