RALH refutes allegations made by ATTSA

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/12/2020 1:13:00 PM IST

Refuting to the allegations made by Adivasi Tea Tribe Student Association (ATTSA) that, “they were often forced to pay taxes to the Naga militant faction”, the Ralan Area Lotha Hoho (RALH) has urged the concerned authority not to allow any organisation or individual to propagate such unfounded allegation that may disturb the peaceful co-existence of the people residing in the border area.

In a letter to SDO (C) Ralan-cum-border magistrate Uriamghat, Wokha, the RALH chairman C. S. Ovung and secretary, L.L.M. Kikon stated that, the Adivasi Tea Tribe Student Association (ATTSA) had organised a massive protest rally at Sarupathar on August 10 where unfounded allegations were made against the Lotha Nagas, “which is absolutely baseless and mere propaganda to create unwanted situation.” 

While it was also alleged that 43 families under L. Chekayan (Chainpur) were not allowed to cultivate 600 bighas of land by the Nagas, the RALH clarified that, in the aftermath of 2014 (landowner-tenant) issue/incident, it was decided by the competent authority that area or plot of land where landowner and tenant could not reach an understanding would remain seized till amicable solution was reached between the two parties. In this regard, the RALH stated that question of not allowing them to cultivate does not arise when they (tenants) were not willing to pay the rightful tax to the land owner/landlord. 

While publishing false news in the media has greatly affected the atmosphere in the DAB and created the mistrust between the two states, the RALH also pointed out that such massive gathering should have been restricted in the first place during covid-19 pandemic which seriously violates the current COVID-19 SOP. 


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