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Jalukielo, Ghowoto villagers clash
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 22 (NPN):
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Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Simmering tension between-- Ghowoto village under Dimapur district and Jalukielo village under Peren district- erupted Wednesday around 11.30 a.m. supposedly over a land dispute where road developmental works were underway.
SP Dimapur Z. Mero citing reports said the clash supposedly erupted when Ghowoto villagers opposed Jalukielo villagers from carrying out developmental work in the area. He also said that as per the reports both the villages resorted to firing which led to injury on two persons. Mero informed that a platoon of armed police was dispatched along with two Dobashis to Ghowoto village.
He said situation was brought under control after intervention by district administration and police.
Meanwhile, speaking to Nagaland Post, Athui Zeliang said at around 11.30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jalukielo villagers while working on road construction were ambushed by some unidentified group with automatic weapons, injuring two persons of Jalukielo village. The injured were identified as Luku and Vesaru who were admitted to a private clinic in Jalukie. He said the condition of one was critical.
Chairman Jalukielo, Heizing termed the attack as “a cowardly act” and demanded a proper fact finding inquiry to expose the facts.
Meanwhile, in a statement Ghowoto village chairman, Phuhoto Zhimo alleged that “encroachers from Jalukielo village” escorted by IRB personnel stationed at Kakiho village fired upon Ghowoto villagers with “automatic rifles”, Wednesday.Phuhoto also alleged that the “encroachers were constructing illegal approach road within the jurisdiction of Ghowoto village.”
Further, he said on June 14, the “encroachers abducted six persons” from Ghowoto village while they were working in their fields. He alleged that the IRB posted at Kakiho did not take any action when the matter was brought to their notice citing the said dispute did not fall under their jurisdiction.
Again, on June 22, Phuhoto alleged that “the same IRB’s escorted the encroachers and prevented Ghowoto villagers from defending themselves when fired upon by the encroachers.” He also said despite the urgent appeal made through a letter dated 15 June, 2011, the village authority condemned the “inability of the district administration” to solve the matter. He said the village also condemned the IRB’s for giving protection to the encroachers while attacking the village.
“Any attempt to encroach or distort even an inch of land belonging to Ghowoto village, shall result in bloodshed” he stated.
According to Phuhoto, Ghowoto village was established in 1951. He said people were cultivating and enjoying the “said part of the land” for the past 60 years.

 
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