Dimapur, March 3: Even as an uneasy calm prevails along Assam-Nagaland border area adjoining Dimapur District after Sunday’s lightning blockade by residents of Lahorijan/Bokajan over implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur, there appears to be a tacit attempt by unscrupulous elements to fuel the situation to achieve their end.
Residents of Lahorijan/Bokajan and adjoining areas on Sunday afternoon had imposed blockade on Nagaland vehicle over ILP implementation in Dimapur. The blockade that lasted for some two hours was lifted after police and civil administration of both the districts intervened.
Sources told Nagaland Page that police has not ruled out instigation by vested people in Dimapur for Sunday’s blockade near New Field Check Gate and creating unnecessary tension in the border areas.
As situation was returning to normal on Monday, an old video of Assam police thrashing some Naga youths for entering Assam through the Burma Camp-Assam border check gate started circulating in WhatsApp, with the claim that the video was taken today (March 3).
In the purported video, the person shooting the video is not visible but in Nagamese he is heard describing atrocity by Assam police on some Naga youths for crossing the Assam gate. The video was shared several hundred times in many WhatsApp groups creating apprehension among the people of the State.
After coming across the WhatsApp video, Nagaland Page immediately visited the Burma Camp-Assam border area and found that no such incident, as claimed in the video, had occurred. Residents of the Burma Camp Assam Gate area expressed ignorance of any such happenings in the area as per the video when showed to them.
“Nothing of this kind happened in our area,” remarked a senior citizen of the area who did not want to be identified. He said many people had been enquiring about the incident over phones and some had even visited in groups but left after realising that it was false news.
“That man in the video made a fool out of all of us,” a Naga youth was heard telling his friends while returning from the area after finding out nothing like seen in the video had happened.
Talking to Nagaland Page, Bokajan Executive Magistrate, Twahhir Alam said since Sunday evening no untoward incident has taken place in the border area but police and civil officials are keeping a close watch on every movement.
“We would have known if anything as such had happened within our jurisdiction,” he told Page.
“Why will Assam police detain and harass any Naga youths for entering Assam. We don’t have ILP in Assam. This kind of fake news keeps coming up and we need to keep ourselves aware of miscreants trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere out here,” said Twahhir Alam.
Dimapur Police Deputy Commissioner Zone-1, Dr Naieem Mustafa, IPS confirmed to Page that no such incident happened in the border area today and the video is completely fake created by anti social elements.
“We need to create more awareness on how to debunk fake news and unverified videos that creates unnecessary tension,” he said.
After Nagaland Page tweeted that the WhatsApp story/video is false, Dimapur Police also tweeted this from its handle: “The public are advised to refrain from circulating unverified videos on the social media especially in connection with an outdated clip of a commotion in Burma camp area. Needless to mention that such irresponsible activity will attract punitive action under relevant section of law.”
A senior journalist based in Bokajan commented after viewing the video: “Yes rumours spread too fast nowadays. Nothing has happened. I also confirmed from authorities that no such incident happened. This is false and an old video.”
As reported earlier, residents of Lahorijan/Bokajan and adjoining areas on Sunday afternoon had imposed blockade on Nagaland vehicle over ILP implementation in Dimapur. The blockade that lasted for some two hours was removed after police and civil administration of both the districts intervened.
Police sources told Page that it has not ruled out instigation by vested people in Dimapur for Sunday’s blockade near New Field Check Gate and creating unnecessary tension in the border areas. (Page News Service)
Dimapur police cautions public
Dimapur, March 2: Commissioner of Police, Dimapur Rothihu Tetseo, IPS has advised the public to refrain from circulating unverified videos on social media, especially in connection with outdated clip of a commotion in Burma camp area.
The CP Dimapur cautioned that such irresponsible activity will attract punitive action under relevant section of law.
(Page News Service)