Sunday, October 2, 2022

ENSF holds mass rally against alleged custodial death

Staff Reporter/Correspondent

Mass public solidarity rallies were held across Eastern Nagaland and a candle light vigil in Dimapur on Friday in protest against the death of Henveih Phom, “who was suspiciously found dead under the custody of Assam Police at Sivasagar District jail.”
Hundreds of people including students attended the rallies organized in all headquarters of the seven federating units under the banner of Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF)– Chang Wedoshi Setshang, Konyak Students’ Union, Khiamniungan Students’ Union, Phom Students’ Conference, Tikhir Students’ Union, United Sangtam Students’ Conference and Yimkhiung Akheru Arihako, ENSF president Chingmak Chang and asst. general secretary Kaibo Konyak stated in a press note.
The rallyists condemned the incident and demanded setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the incident and early justice to the family.
Candle light vigil in Dimapur: Hundreds from all walks of life attended the candle light vigil held at The Garden, Supermarket area Dimapur in memory of Henveih Phom, organized by Dimapur Phom Students’ Union (DPSU).
Many were seen with placards that read: “We condemn killing of innocent life by man in uniform”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”, “No justice, No peace” etc.
Dimapur Phom Union president Philip Buchem mentioned that the victim and his wife were arrested in Nagaland and not Assam, and lamented that none from the state government had visited the family of the deceased till date.
He also mentioned that representation was submitted to both the chief ministers of Assam and Nagaland and the police chiefs. Buchem stressed on the need to deploy adequate police personnel along the border areas to safeguard the people and their land.
Dimapur Eastern Naga Students Union Dimapur president Bendgangnuken and representatives from Dimapur Anaki Phom Union, Phomla Hoichem Dimapur, ENPO, ENWO, PSC and others addressed the gathering.
The programme was chaired by DPSU vice president Achung N Phom, invocation by Signal Phom Baptist Church associate women pastor Shemlen and welcome note by DPSU president Longtung Phom.

PPC serves 15-day ultimatum to deliver justice: A peaceful public rally, under the aegis of Phom Peoples’ Council (PPC) was held at Longleng local ground in protest against the custodial death of Henveih Phom while under Assam police in Sivasagar district Jail.
After the programme at the public ground, the participants marched to the DC’s office and submitted a memorandum to the chief secretary through the DC. The rallyists were seen shouting slogans like: “We want justice, justice delayed is justice denied, etc.”
The memorandum signed by PCC president Shami Angh served a 15-day ultimatum on the state government to deliver justice to the family and the victim.
Shami asserted that Phom people were peace-loving who have resolved to end all forms of violence and conflicts both within and outside since June 6, 1952. He informed that failure to deliver justice within the stipulated time would compel the people to confront with violence for justice as directed by the Eastern Nagaland Students Federation (ENSF).
According to DPRO, DC Longleng Dharam Raj while extending solidarity with the people of the district asserted that death under the custody of police was the highest crime and assured the mammoth gathering of people that justice will be delivered and urged the people to appeal before the National Human Rights Commission of India.
Informing that he and SP Longleng had spoken to their counterparts in Sivasagar, the DC said both the officials have assured them speedy investigation and justice.
Earlier, Eastern Nagaland Women Organization (ENWO) president, Phom Students’ Conference (PSC) president and Phomla Hoichem president also addressed the rally.

Kiphire: A peaceful protest under the aegis of United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC) was held on Friday at Public ground Kiphire against the death of Henveih Phom while in the custody of Assam police.
Hundreds of people attended the protest, where ENSF vice president Huheymong Yimkhiung briefed the gathering about the sequence of the incident.
Speakers representing United Sangtam Likhum Pumji, Akehta Sangtamlarü Thsingmüjang, Kiphire Area Students’ Union and United Sangtam Students’ Conference all spoke condemning the action of Assam police.
USSC also submitted a statement condemning the incident and demanded justice from government. The letter was signed by USSC vice president Sethrongba Y Sangtam and education secretary Irothe T Sangtam.

Probe underway
An inquiry has been launched to probe into the death of Henveih Phom while in Assam police custody, police said.
Informing to the media at a programme held at Police complex, IGP Range, Limasunep Jamir said an inquiry team was formed headed by additional CJM Sivasagar and has been asked to submit the report within seven days. Jamir said that as per the post-mortem report, which was video graphed, it was revealed that Henveih died due to cardiac failure because of chronic anemia.