DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/13/2018 12:37:24 PM IST

 ARKD, AVSU condemn assault on student: The Aghunato Range Kuposhukulu, Dimapur (ARKD) has strongly condemned the alleged barbaric assault on one of its members, who is a student, on August 9 by fellow students and their friends numbering between 20-30 people inside a college campus in Dimapur.

ARKD president, L Vihoto Achumi and secretary, Hukav T. Yeputhomi, in a condemnation note said it was highly condemnable that a student arranges a mob to physically assault his fellow students just because of some minor altercation inside the campus. 

The ARKD also questioned the management of the college for its “negligence” in allowing the mob inside the institute to cause harm to their bona fide student.

The ARKD has strongly urged the police and administration to follow due process of law so that justice prevails without any bias taking into consideration the present condition of the victim who is presently under surgical ward in very serious condition. 

Through another condemnation note, Akuba Village  Students Union (AVSU), Aghunato sub-division, Zunheboto district strongly condemned the alleged “treacherous and barbaric assault”. 

AVSU president Khetoshe Yepthomi, in the condemnation note said that the union had strongly noted the way in which its fellow member was assaulted inside a college, just because of a minor altercation, by a “group barbaric mob numbering between 20-30 people causing harm to such an extent that our member is admitted at surgical ward in hospital.” 

AVSU reminded all concerned that it would not sit silently and watch such barbaric action meted out to its member inside an educational institution. AASU urged the law enforcement agencies to book the culprit under strictest sections of law so that such kind of incidents in the student community is stopped once and for all, and so that such incidents “may not be taken into personally as well.”

Organizations condemn assault by AR: The frontal organization of the Zeliangs and Kukis of Ahthibung-Kebai Khelma area, Zeliang Kuki People’s Organization (ZKPO) and civil society have expressed shock over the alleged physical assault by the commander of 36 Assam Rifles (B-Coy) Ahthibung Post on Lamkholet Hangsing, Head GB of Bongkolong village on July 28.

A press release issued by chairman, GBs Union Ahthibung sub-division, Thanghensitlhou; president, ZKPO, Lamjaseisingson; and vice president, ZKPO, Rangnim Zeliang stated that they were surprised to learn how a Gaon Bura or village chief could be branded as UG and be physically assaulted and tortured on mere suspicion.

The release stated the “savage act towards innocent public” had created fear psychosis in the minds of local inhabitants. It further added that the GB Union, ZKPO and sister organizations vehemently condemn, in the strongest terms, such acts of barbarism towards innocent civilians by the said commander.

The release also stated that when the people of Nagaland were patiently waiting for the Naga solution, such whimsical attitudes should not be projected on the innocent public by the AR and it also asked that harassment against innocent public be immediately stopped. It further added that the general public had requested all factions to uphold the Ceasefire Ground Rules to maintain peace and harmony in the area.

DSGBU, KTCN condemn raid: The Dhansiripar sub-division GBs Union (DSGBU) has strongly condemned the raid conducted by the security forces at the residence of Kishore Jigdung, Steering Committee member, NSCN (I-M) on August 9. 

A condemnation message from DSGBU president, Dohoi stated that, when the cease fire is in force, such unilateral action on a bona fide member was uncalled for at this juncture. It has therefore appealed to the security forces to avoid such raids in future as these could jeopardize the peace process. “The family members were reportedly harassed mentally and physically by the raiders which need to be avoided” it stated.

The Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland (KTCN) has also expressed anguish and displeasure at the 32 Assam Rifles’ raid on the house of Kishore Jeedung on August 9.

A condemnation note from KTCN president, Ramesh Hasnu stated it was learnt from family sources and also from eye witnesses that Kishore Jeedung and his son were physically assaulted by the “high-handed uniformed and masked personnel” despite them being shown the ID card.

KTCN also said it learnt that the AR personnel tore the family’s traditional cloth (Gamcha) into pieces, which KTCN termed as “strange behaviour.” 

It further stated that such high-handed actions perpetrated on a respectable person belonging to a minority tribe only showed that the AR were no more “the friends’ of the Hill people”.

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