ANCSU shocked, disturbed by JVC ultimatum to president

DIMAPUR, AUG 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 12:51:34 PM IST

All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) expressed shock and dismay over the ultimatum served on its president Katho P. Awomi by Jotsoma Village Council (JVC) that appeared in the media on Thursday. 

Coming out in defence of its president Katho P.Awomi, ANCSU education secretary Kruto Tetseo, explained that the issue was only to impress upon the State government to settle the Kohima Science College Jotsoma land encroachment, scholarship and land encroachment/dispute issues all over the State at the earliest.

ANCSU opined that the issue should not be personalised and also denied that the union had threatened to vandalise any private or government building. 

ANCSU also asserted it had only asked district administration and the State government to take action against those three government institutions to set an example for individuals encroaching on such lands and that eviction should be done only after proper land survey. 

It also claimed that it at the meeting with the chief minister, his colleague and other officials on August 14, its president had only demanded that these institutions could not be evicted, then the government should acquire more land for the Kohima Science College on the condition that the existing government institutions should not occupy more land of the college. 

It further claimed that the news that appeared in the local dailies on April 24 this year was had misquoted its president . 

Also refuting JVC allegation that it had demanded shifting of Kohima Science College out of Jotsoma village, ANCSU expressed surprise as to what conspired in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) was spread by those who did not attend the meeting and attributed comments to its leader which he had never uttered. 

ANCSU also said on the day of the meeting with chief minister Rio, one of the government officials openly challenged its president to go and remove the three government institutions adding such statement was totally uncalled for. Under such circumstances, the meeting ended inconclusive. 

During the meeting, ANCSU said its president only suggested that if the government was unable to settle the land encroachment issue then Kohima Science College issue should be shifted to a place where it could grow and become a university soon. However, it said the suggestion was off-the-record and was only be taken as a means to put pressure on the government. 

Pointing out that the union had been appealing to the State government for settling the Kohima Science College land encroachment issue for the past many years, ANCSU asserted that it neither had taken or would take any step that would insult any individual or group. 

The union reiterated that its fight was for justice of the student community and clarified that it had no other intention. 

ANCSU expressed the hope that by explaining its side of the story, JVC would realise that it was all part of the delaying tactics being played by the State government.

ANCSU agitation kept in abeyance

All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) has kept in abeyance its proposed agitation as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16 and the seven-day national mourning to be observed.

According to ANCSU vice president Benjong Longchar, the decision was also taken in view of the position of the state government as well as the timely intervention of the minister for Higher & Technical Education to resolve the issue and also in view of willingness of the state government to meet the ANCSU after the mourning week.

 ANCSU has urged all students to be patient until the next meeting and assured that the union will not give up until justice was delivered. The union further expressed deep pain over the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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