ZB (N) objects to claims on Intangki

DIMAPUR, SEP 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:19:06 PM IST

Asserting that Zeliangrong people have been “provoked” by the statements on the status of Intangki forts post-solution by Naga political groups, the Zeliangrong Baudi (Nagaland) Wednesday affirmed that “Zeliangrong people will not part even an inch of our land without due process of prior consent of the legitimate land owners.”

In a press release, ZB (N) president, CR Zeliang termed as “unacceptable” the NSCN (I-M) chairman Q. Tuccu’s purported statement during the consultative meeting with tribal hohos in Dimapur that the “present Hebron Camp and Intangki Forest will be nationalized by the Naga Government since it is ‘No man’s Land’. ZB(N) said Tuccu made the statement “without even trying to reason out the customary land ownership in the Naga Society”.
Further, the baudi took exception to the statement of MIP GPRN/NSCN published in local dailies on September 11, 2020 that “Intangki reserve forest is the common property of all Nagas and it should be restored to its original pristine position. It cannot in whatsoever manner be disturbed post solution”. 
Also, drawing attention to the Interlocutor’s purported statement that “Intangki belongs to the people of Nagaland and the Government of India have no say in the land and natural resources of the Nagas”, the Baudi said that the “logic of the statement contradicts to the actual and factual position of the original land owner.” 
ZB(N) maintained that the statement was “seen as a blatant distortion of Naga customary laws and its practices”, adding that it was contradictory and violation of Art. 371 (A) on customary laws and land ownership rights. 
According to ZB (N), even the present Hebron camp was established under Peren district by obtaining ‘No objection certificates’ from the surrounding Zeliangrong villages. It said that the ancestral traditional land owners of the said land and forest were Beisumpui village of Zeme tribe of the common Zeliangrong family. 
The Baudi stated that “No act of laws or any deed of agreement have ever been established with the original land owner and people with the Naga National underground organizations on Intangki to be nationalized.”
Further, ZB(N) said that “all the Nagas know that there was no ‘No man’ land in their own districts in Nagaland that can be or that has been given to be the common property for all the Nagas of Nagaland.”
The baudi said that neighbouring villages stand witness “to the fact that Beisumpui Village is the rightful land owner of Intangki and Government of India took it over by consent and deed made with the local land owner.”
Therefore, ZB (N) asserted that claiming Intangki as the common property of all the Nagas was “a blatant lie” and that it “simply was a deceitful and covetous attempt to exploit the land in the name and pretext of the Naga underground governments.”
ZB (N) maintained that the land and its people of each tribe/community must be respected and ensure justice to all. 
It cautioned that the innocence, simplicity and generosity of the Zeliangrong people must not be taken for granted or taken as ignorant of the inherent rights of the people. 
In the event of failure to withdraw all claims of ownership of the Intangki by the Naga national political organizations, the Baudi cautioned that the “land owner shall be compelled to sue for legal intervention under pertinent section of laws.”

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