LOUDHEP flays bid by Assam cops to abduct plant head

DIMAPUR, AUG 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 11:15:48 AM IST

Land Owners’ Union, Doyang Hydro-Electric Project (LOUDHEP), Wokha has condemned the bid by Assam Police personnel led by DSP Partha Saikia to arrest NEEPCO Ltd’s project head for DHEP, PB Das without any arrest warrant or communication with their Nagaland counterparts. It asserted that no Indian citizen could be arrested without any court directive or proper communication between two States for such cases.

In a press note, LOUDHEP media cell convener, Yanchumrhumo W Jami said Assam Police personnel had picked up the project head of DHEP on August 4, but they were stopped at Bhandari check gate under Wokha district by the Nagaland Police as the former failed to produce any relevant documents authorising them to take Das into their custody. The union said the action of Saikia and his team was tantamount to an abduction bid, but was foiled by the Nagaland Police as per law of the land.

And on behalf of the 17 land-affected villages of DHEP, Doyang, Wokha, the union expressed its great appreciation and acknowledgement to the Nagaland government, home department, Wokha district administration, Wokha SP, Bhandari ADC, Bhandari SDPO and their entire team for their active intervention and prompt action against the “intruders”.

The union further condemned the statement of Assam’s Khumtai Assembly constituency MLA, Mrinal Saikia for alleging on July 27th that DHEP management had released water from the Doyang dam without notifying either the Golaghat district administration or the Assam government and termed his allegation as “totally baseless, unexpected and ridiculous.” 

According to the land owners, DHEP authority had informed the Golaghat District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and was also in touch with the administration since July 21 regarding the water level at Doyang dam. They asserted that it was a fact that on July 26 the management passed a circular informing the Golaghat DDMA about the release of water. 

And the unprecedented and abrupt increase in water level was due to incessant rains in the upper catchment area, they claimed. 

The union explained that the inflow at Doyang dam was much higher than the outflow downstream and that it was clearly evident that it was beyond the control of the project head of DHEP.



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