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Dzukou Valley fire not natural but man-made disaster: NPF

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Dimapur, January 4: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expressed pain over the ravaging fire at Dzukou Valley, while also making it clear that the fire cannot be considered a natural disaster but is a man made fire.

“The Dzukou Valley inferno cannot be considered as natural disaster but is a man made fire that is causing a great harm not only to the beauty of the Valley but also to our environment,” it said in a communique.
The Dzukou Valley is not only a tourist hotspot but also a National asset and is a home to various species of flora and fauna and burning of such forest will deeply dampen our ecological balance, it said.
The NPF also slammed what it alleged is the “lackadaisical attitude” of the State Government, and requested the State Chief Minister or his ministerial cabinet to take personal survey and do the needful steps in containing the fire as well as to protect the valley.
And since the Dzukou Valley can be termed as a National asset, the NPF strongly urged the Central Government to immediately look into the matter with great seriousness and may even involve the CBI or NIA to probe the cause of the inferno and if found any miscreants responsible for the inferno, initiate stringent action.
Meanwhile, the NPF lauded the State Governor, RN Ravi for showing his personal concern and visiting the blazing Dzukou Valley to take first hand information. The party also appreciated the Indian Air Force (IAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), DC and SP Kohima, Forest Department, Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) volunteers and all the concerned persons for promptly giving their best effort to douse off the blazing fire. (Page News Service)