LPO formation violation of customary practice: LH

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 11:51:49 AM IST

Viewing the formation of Lotha Public Organisation (LPO) headed by former MLA Sulanthung Humtsoe as a violation of Naga customary practice, Lotha Hoho (LH) has asserted that Lotha community represented by it did not recognise the organisation.

LH also cautioned all authorities concerned against recognising the new organisation. According to a statement issued by its general secretary S Aben Ngullie, LH held an executive council meeting at Wokha on Sunday in this regard. LPO was formed at Bhandari the previous day by the former legislator.

The meeting viewed the formation of the new organisation as violation of the Naga customary practice, adding that the Lotha Naga customary practice of deciding on civil and criminal justice was an age-old custom as also enshrined in Article 371(A) of the Indian constitution.

Mentioning that Humtsoe had been disassociated from LH for 10 years (vide notice no.LH/WKA/PR/2019, dated Wokha 10th July 2019), the statement emphasised that formation of any organisation within Lotha jurisdiction required the approval of the apex Lotha tribal organisation. 

Adding that the same terms and conditions would apply in all such cases in future, LH warned that anyone defying its diktat would be solely responsible for any consequence that might arise thereof, and for which the Lotha community would not be responsible. 



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