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Jalukielo village reacts
Published on 25 Jun. 2011 1:02 AM IST
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Reacting to the version of Ghowoto village in the report “Jalukielo, Ghowoto villagers clash”, published in local daily June 22, the Jalukielo village Friday said it carried “contradictory statement deviating facts and circumstantial evidences.”
Jalukielo village chairman Heizieying said on the day, while Jalukielo villagers were constructing a village approach road, attackers, “now identified as so-called Ghowoto villagers,” under the cover of bushes, ambushed the villagers and fled after seriously injuring two Jalukielo villagers.
He said had the Jalukielo villagers retaliated, as was alleged in the media, the Ghowoto villagers “would have been surrounded and caught unaware.”
Heizieying accused “real encroachers and the experts of truth-twister had done it once again, by distorting the ground reality.”
He said since Jalukielo never accused anyone without proof, the media was told that the “attackers” were “unidentified group of people”.
He said since the “assailants have now openly admitted their identity in the media” no stone would be left unturned to give a “befitting lesson” so as to prove “our obligation in safeguarding our land from the hands of illegal encroachers.”
He also vowed to uphold allegiance towards the land owner (old Jalukie Village) in particular, and the Zeliangrong community in general and never to submit to any force that obstruct their rights.
He said Jalukielo villagers were now left with no option but to “paw our iron hands on our aggressors” that could even “intensify communalism and bloodshed in our Naga society.”
Pointing out that every Naga tribe has its own distinct demarcated domain which was accepted by all, he termed accusation by Ghowoto in calling Jalukielo villagers as “encroachers” held no water and “disgusting” as “every sensible Nagas are fully aware of ‘who is who’ in Nagaland.”
He said Ghowoto’s “baseless comments and unprofessional fabrication of the truth” was a mockery, implying its readiness to aggravate and disturb the hard-earned peaceful coexistence but that Zeliangrongs were prepared to protect their God given land.
He said restraint and tolerance of Jalukielo was with the hope that encroachers would “back and pack up” but instead they took these as signs of weakness where “we eventually become victims”.
As the encroachers “have openly threatened the farmers to the extent of ‘bloodshed’,” Heizieying warned that farmers would have deal with the threat to protect their lands and that “farmers shall never be held responsible, as enough is enough.”

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