MLA raises issue over alleged abduction of DB

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/16/2021 1:50:44 PM IST

 DyCM directs SP Phek to probe incident

In an apparent inter-State border dispute-related incident, a dobashi (DB) from Khezhakeno under Phek district was allegedly abducted and assaulted by a mob reportedly from Tunjoy village of Manipur on Monday and later released at night.

The matter was brought to light by opposition member Dr Chotisuh Sazo during zero hour discussion on the third day of seventh session of 13th Assembly session here on Tuesday.

According to Sazo, a mob armed themselves with machetes, axes and 12-bore barrel guns from Tunjoy village in Manipur entered Nagaland and started cutting trees and jungles in Chida area. Upon being informed by police personnel’s of the Chida post to Phek district administration, he said extra assistant commissioner (EAC) Khezhakeno and Pfutsero SDPO rushed to the spot along with one dobashi (DB) around 12 noon. 

However, he claimed they were overpowered by the mob, which also abducted the DB of Khezhakenoma Ngolo Ladu and took him away to Tunjoy.

Recalling a similar incident that took place two years back, the MLA said when a former governor was about to visit the Chida lake, a group of people from Tunjoy came to the spot and burnt and destroyed the structures erected for the visiting dignitary.

To queries on the action initiated by the State government, deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also in-charge of Home department, replied that he has directed superintendent of police (SP) Phek to probe the incident and assured the House that, based on his recommendation, appropriate actions would be initiated.

He also said the DB was released around 11:30 pm and, upon medical examination, it was found that he had suffered physical injuries and an FIR had been registered by the SP Phek.

Patton explained that the problem actually started around 9 am on February 12 when a group of Khezhakenoma villagers numbering around 150-200 went to Kahujo forest area, where officer in-charge (OC) of Paomata police station, Senapati arrived and tried to obstruct them from cutting trees for firewood by telling them that the area was disputed. However, the villagers did not listen to the OC.

Thereafter, he said another group of around 500 people from Tunjoy village came to Takuo in the adjoining area and began to cut trees for firewood around 11 am on Monday.

On receiving the information, Patton said the SP Phek sent a team of 11 IR personnel to the spot to restrain the villagers from cutting trees. But instead, he said the DB was caught by the mob and manhandled before being taken away to Tunjoy village.

According to the Patton, chief secretaries and DGPs of both Nagaland and Manipur discussed the issue and decided to make arrangements to hand over the DB to Phek SP. Accordingly, Ngolo Ladu was released around 11:30 pm, after which he was sent for medical examination.

Patton refused to comment more on the incident until the SP submitted his inquiry report. 


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