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DPON denounces DNC’s allegation

DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:17:35 AM IST
Dimasa Public Organisation, Nagaland (DPON) has taken umbrage to reports appearing in a section of media about Dimasa National Council having submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
In a press release, DPON publicity secretary Amon Difoe said the organisation held an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and clarify on the matter. He said DPON had no knowledge about the existence of Dimasa National Council (DNC) and the demands put forth by it to the Government of India. 
According to Difoe, the council was formed by few individuals without having the mandate of the people as per reports from Dimasa frontal organisations of Assam. 
DPON publicity secretary also strongly refuted and condemned the allegation of atrocities alleged to have been committed on the Dimasas of Nagaland by Naga rebels, which was nothing but “a sinister design to create animosity between indigenous tribes”. He appealed to everyone to avoid misunderstanding on the issue and maintain age-old cordial relationship among tribal communities.
DNC: According to Northeast Now report, DNC reiterated its demand for a separate Hirimbapur Autonomous State including return of Dimapur to Assam. DNC president  Dhironjay Naiding had said:  “We, the members of Dimasa National Council also appraised the Government of the atrocities of the Naga rebels in some parts of our former territory and opposed the demand of separate Nagalim comprising the land of Assam. This move of Nagalim will be resisted at any cost by DNC. We will not lose an inch of our land…”
Assam MP: BJP MP from Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency Ram Prasad Sharma on Tuesday demanded that Nagaland should immediately return Dimapur to Assam as it has no legal ownership over the commercial town.
His statement came against the backdrop of DNC’s demand for merger of Dimapur with Assam on Monday. The DNC also submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard.
Talking to Northeast Now Sharma, who is also a lawyer, said, “Lease is a temporary arrangement for a fixed period. Lease cannot give full ownership right. And Nagaland has no ownership right on Dimapur, they should return it immediately.”
He requested Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to claim the territory of present Dimapur district of Nagaland as the territory of Assam. “It was a mauza of Jorhat district. We have to take it back from Nagaland. We should claim the territory of Dimapur,” Sharma said.
According to Sharma Dimapur was leased out to Naga Hills for 30 year in 1918 for construction of railway lines. But after the lease period Nagaland continued to occupy the land and even made Dimapur a district ‘on its own’.

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