LOU alleges key issues omitted in meeting minutes with DC Dmu

DIMAPUR, JUN 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:34:57 AM IST

Reacting to the official meeting minutes forwarded by Dimapur deputy commissioner (DC) pertaining to its meeting with the DC on June 10, Land Owners’ Union (LOU) NH-29 (Purana Bazaar to Chümoukedima) has alleged that the minutes had deliberately omitted key issues raised by it during the meeting.

In a press release, LOU president K Vishepu Assumi and general secretary Vichosel Rhutso claimed that they had asked during the meeting whether right of way (ROW) was applied across Nagaland while considering compensation and whether ROW allowed the government to snatch away private land without considering compensation. 

The duo said they had questioned the government whether it could issue land pattas and at the same time declare patta-holders as encroachers. 

Pointing out that the government’s claim of 13.5 m road reservation from the centre of the road, as notified by then Dimapur DC AS Bhatia on April 17, 2000, was set aside and quashed by Gauhati High Court (Kohima Bench), they said LOU leaders had expressed displeasure at how the government compensated other landowners but conveniently overlooked them. 

Further alleging that issues on Article 371 (A) raised by its leaders were nowhere to be seen or recorded in the official meeting minute, the LOU president and general secretary wondered whether the Article was still enforced in Nagaland or whether the government had done away with it.

They regretted that the DC had mentioned only his claim of ROW on government’s behalf (i.e. 26 metres of road width) and the union’s proposal of 34 feet (i.e. width of road to be taken as benchmark). Since most of the relevant points of the discussion were left out, they said the union felt the meeting minutes did not truly reflect the discussion as it should have been.

Mentioning that LOU was left with no other option but to seek legal recourse for justice, the duo warned that should any undesirable consequences arose, the concerned officer whose immaturity or negligence had handled the sensitive issue should be held accountable.



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