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Curfew in Jalukie area after violence

Curfew in Jalukie area after violence
A govt vehicle torched by bandh volunteers on Wednesday.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/14/2021 12:20:22 PM IST

 Govt vehicle torched; Sec. 144 CrPC clamped

Curfew under Section 144 CrPC was imposed at Jalukie town the headquarters of Jalukie subdivision including specified areas under Jalukie subdivision after mobs set fire to a government vehicle(Bolero) attached with the ADC Jalukie Wednesday at around 11 a.m. on the second day of the indefinite bandh/agitation called by the United Zeliangrond Youth Front(UZYF).

Following the incident, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peren, Sentiwapang Aier on Wednesday afternoon, promulgated 144 CrPC at Jalukie town and adjoining areas, Peren district HQ/Kejanglwa-Jalukie-Peren tri-junction to Mhainamtsi-Dimapur-Kohima tri-junction, from Samziuram village gate towards Jalukie town. 

Earlier, the indefinite bandh was announced after the expiry of the ten-day ultimatum served by Civil Society Organisations of Peren district on March 31 on the state government, to nab the armed assailants  responsible for the killing of three persons at Lamhainamdi village on March 22. 

The CSOs of Peren district called for closure of all government offices under Peren district including movement of government vehicles and halt to all government-related activities in the district. Further, the CSOs demanded immediate termination of post commander of 9th IRB Coy. from active service , presently deployed at Lamhainamdi village,.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, UZYF president R John Zeliang, said that the 10-day ultimatum served on the government expired on April 10 after which the federation announced indefinite bandh to protest the government inability to nab those responsible for the March 22 incident. 

In response to the UZYF call for bandh, Zeliang said the DC Peren ordered closure of all government offices and restriction of government vehicular movement in Peren district on April 13. 

While monitoring the bandh on Wednesday, he said a government registered vehicle (Bolero) attached with ADC Jalukie was seen parked in the heart of Jalukie town.  

This infuriated the protestors and led to the vehicle being damaged and burned. It was reported that the officer (ADC) was not present during the incident but that only the driver was seen. It was also reported that the driver had parked the car and went for marketing.

NPF dismayed at pace of probe into March 22 incident

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expressed dismay at the pace of investigation into the March 22 “Lamhainamdi village incident” and strongly urged the special investigation team (SIT) to speed up the process so justice was delivered and normalcy restored at the earliest.
NPF through its press bureau said it has been ascertained to a degree that the murders took place because of the indifference and complacency of the government towards impending conflict brewing in the area prior to the commission of the crime including the reluctance and inability to act upon its own directives. NPF said that the failure of the state government to hasten the investigation has continued to disrupt the normal life of local citizens.
Further, the opposition party attacked the government’s “lackadaisical attitude” towards handling the case, saying instead of hammering out for solution, the situation was aggravating more.
Meanwhile, NPF has appealed to the United Zeliangrong Youth Federation (UZYF) to restrain themselves from taking the law into their hand, adding that the party empathized with their situation and supported their demand for justice.
Therefore, in order not to hamper the investigation process of the law enforcing agencies, the NPF has urged the UZYF to work zealously and maintain peace and tranquillity. NPF has reiterated its earlier stand that the state government law enforcing agencies should look into the case with utmost sincerity and book the perpetrators and deliver justice to the victims within a time frame period.

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