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5 colonies boycott EPIC in Dimapur

Residents of Ward 12 holding placards, Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Jun. 2011 12:59 AM IST
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Furious over the declaration and change of nomenclature of Polling station No 11, 12 erstwhile DC Court Area Lengrijan as ‘Industrial Village Razuphe 1 & II’ under one T.L Angami as village chairman, public of Hill View, Industrial Estate Colony, Lengrijan, Oriental and Aokong Firing Range boycotted the EPIC photography session which was suppose to begin from today onwards in the locality.
The public from the five colonies who assembled for the photography session refused to let any one take photo for the electoral roll. Even the Booth Level Officer (BLO) was not allowed to perform their duties. The protestors carried banners some of which read: “Common people voice of DMC ward -12 No Razuphe- Yes to photography”; “Go out land grabber T.L Angami from DMC ward-12” ; “No village should fall under DMC ward-12” etc were on display. Earlier, T.L Angami and his supporters, who had gone for photography session, were prevented from entering by the public.
The joint forum of Lengrijan, Industrial Estate, Hill View and Aokong Firing Range (formerly, Ao Khel) colonies under ward no. 12 of Dimapur municipal council submitted a representation to DC Dimapur to review of the change of names of polling areas and for restoration of original names.
It was stated that since inception of 2 Dimapur II Assembly Constituency (A/C) the names of the polling areas in its part No: 11 & 12 were entered rightly as ‘Lengrijan ADC court area’, in the electoral rolls. They said that during 2004 intensive revision of electoral rolls, T.L Angami “in connivance with some officials” attempted to change the name of the polling area to ‘Industrial village Razhuphe’. A joint meeting between DC/DEO/ERO held on October 16,2004 unanimously resolved to maintain the then existing electoral rolls 2002 in respect of polling station 11 & 12.
The public said the claim of Industrial Village Razhuphe by T.L Angami was only a ‘fictitious village’ having neither government recognition order nor any government notified survey map. They also said despite the legality of the previous names the electoral rolls published on September 10,2008 revealed that the names of both ward no. 11 & 12 were changed to ‘Industrial Village Razhuphe- 1 E/W and Industrial Village Razhuphe –II N/W.
Further, 6 Colonies Joint Council meeting resolution on June 4 had urged concerned authority to immediately rectify the change of nomenclature of polling station 11 and 12 within seven days..
NCD appeals public to maintain peace
Naga council, Dimapur (NCD), which met DC Dimapur Tuesday relating to the commotion that arose at DC court area, has appealed to the residents in the vicinity to observe DC Dimapur order dated June 7, that directed responsible colonies to refrain from preventing BLOs to perform their duties.
A press release issued by NCD president Savi Liegise and general secretary Ntsemo Ngullie further urged responsible leaders “not to take leverage” of the ongoing EPIC exercise to promote individual interest be it of own colony/village or by way of erecting signboards.
Stating that Dimapur being cosmopolitan in character for all practical purposes, the NCD appealed to all responsible to observe and adhere to collective interest of all tribes while executing responsibilities during such an important exercise. The council also urged all contending parties that its office was at public disposal in order to promote brotherhood and peace.

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