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Hazadisa allege attacks to evict them

A house allegedly damaged by the attackers.
Correspondent Diphu, Jun 19:
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 12:35 AM IST
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Dimasas on Karbi Anglong’s side of the border are greatly disturbed over a series of incidents that has taken place at Hazadisa village under Dhansiripar area of Dimapur when some people allegedly from Khekiho village attacked the village on June 17 at around 7.30 p.m. destroying several houses.
Villagers also alleged that the raiders took away cash and other household goods and a motorbike all of which were estimated to run into a few lakh rupees.
Headman of Hazadisa Babul Nonisa, alleged he was also assaulted while houses belonging to Momen Langthasa, Bijesh Kemprai, Norsing Jigdung, Modem Jigdung, Pabrita Daulagapu, Ranjit Lanthasa, Krishna Nonisa were also damaged and ransacked.
The villagers claimed that the raiders had wanted to chase them away with the purpose of grabbing the land as it was supposed to be located atop the Assam-Arakan basin that has a potentially high crude oil reserve, which is a verified petroliferous region confirmed by 2D and 3D seismic survey.
He alleged that there were sporadic attacks on Hazadisa aimed primarily to evict them. He said on April 25, this year, some 80 people beat up several villagers of Hazadisa after having served an ultimatum to vacate the village within April 15, 2011
The villagers said SDO (C) Dhansiripar Anup Kinchi visited the spot for verification 24-hours after the incident the next day. The SDO(C) reportedly asked the O.C. in-charge of Dhansiripar Police Station to also verify the complaints.
He said despite several complaints made to Khekiho who was then minister and current Rajya Sabha MP, there has been no positive response.
The villagers maintained that Hazadisa was established in 1907 and recognized in 1936 by the then British government and that documented records exist substantiating it in the revenue department.
After creation of Nagaland in 1963, Dimasas living in contiguous areas were separated by the Dhansiri river which continues to serve as the natural boundary between Nagaland and Assam.
Babul Nonisa told this Correspondent, that Hazadisa comprises of 500 people and vast tracts of land but the village on February 13, 1999 donated a large tract at the request of Khekiho for establishing a branch of Don Bosco School in the area. He said however, the school never came up but instead, a village was established in the donated land by people supposedly loyal supporters of Khekiho.

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