UZYF serves 30-day ultimatum on State govt

DIMAPUR, MAY 11 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/11/2021 1:54:58 PM IST

 United Zeliangrong Youth Federation (UZYF) has served a 30-day ultimatum to the State government to “evict all villages established illegally in Zeliang land without the knowledge and consent of original landowners.” The federation warned that failure to act on its demand would indicate incapability and paralysis of governance and it would be forced to take measures to protect “our land by any means”, adding that the government would be held solely responsible for any untoward incident resulting as a result of its action.

Seeking the government’s attention and reiterating its various demands already placed before it for justice by apex organisations vis-à-vis “land encroachment and violence” in Zeliang land, UZYF insisted taking remedial measures at the earliest lest it aggravates the already volatile atmosphere and in the backdrop of the March 22 incident.

However, having witnessed slow progress of the investigation into the killing of three innocent souls on that fateful day, UZYF demanded immediate eviction of all “unrecognised and illegally established villages” in the land of the Zeliangs in Peren district. It said this was the only logical and practical step to end all animosity and violence prevailing in “our land” by unscrupulous persons. Mentioning that pioneers of present Nagaland State had meticulously inserted clause no. 7 in the 16th Point Agreement, which was later enshrined in Article 371(A) of the Indian constitution, UZYF pointed out that this Article gave Nagas the right to practise their own customary laws and procedures and ownership and transfer of land and its resources.

Hence, the youth body said this was the practice and procedure of Nagas to seek permission of original land owners to set up a village as there was no tract of land which was “no man’s land” or a land without owner.

UZYF claimed that indigenous inhabitants of Peren district had always placed their faith on the government to deliver justice and also to put a stop to alleged rampant encroachment and destruction of forests to set up illegal villages. However, due to inaction by the State machineries, UZYF claimed that numerous illegal villages had been setup.


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