ENPO agrees to wait for JIC report on Tuensang fiasco

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/6/2020 1:16:32 PM IST

Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) in a closed door meeting with the state cabinet led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Saturday agreed to wait for the outcome of the Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) report on the Tuensang fiasco.

Interacting with section of media persons after the marathon meeting, ENPO president Kekongchim Yimchungru said they agreed, on the request of the state government, to wait for the report the JIC.

However, he said ENPO had sought a written assurance from the government that there will be no extension for the committee to probe the matter, as was practised in the past.

Kekongchim said ENPO was firm on its demand to punish the erring officials as per the JIC recommendation.

He said ENPO had sought Governor’s intervention as the government, instead of taking action on the three-day ultimatum served on May 28, went ahead to constituted the JIC.

Kekongchim clarified that the issue had nothing to do with politics or tribal lines or for that matter even if any erring officials were from ENPO area, the same action should be initiated.

When asked whether ENPO had accepted the apology tendered by the chief minister and chief secretary during the last meeting, the president maintained that they had accepted the apology however he said “but in this matter apology alone does not work because if this kind of mistake continues even in the future, where shall we land”.

He said any action against erring officials will be a lesson for all to be more careful in future.

Kekongchim however warned that if the JIC report was not satisfactory, ENPO will take its own course of action.

ENPO tour: Meanwhile, Kekongchim informed that the ENPO will begin carrying out a tour starting June 9 to create awareness regarding COVID-19 and to take stock of the ground situation to battle the pandemic.

In this regard, ENPO has asked all respective tribal bodies to be in the station since the team will also be holding co-ordination meetings. It also requested the respective district administration and police to give free passage to the touring team.



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