Kohima, February 17: The Khezhakeno Village Council (KVC) has condemned the “criminal act” of kidnapping and physical assault carried out at Chida Resort area Khezhakeno by Tungjoy villagers of Manipur State on February 15.
In a release, KVC chairman D Lhouchinyi and Head GB T Khamo Koza said that Tungjoy villagers led by chairman of Tungjoy Village Authority Council (TVAC), Mahru, Secretary of TVAC D. Lakhu, Youth President Tungjoy Veinni and GBs kidnapped and manhandled bonafide member of KVC T. Ngolo Koza, Dobashi (DB) attached to EAC Khezhakeno village, who was on Nagaland State Government official duty when the unfortunate incident happened.
They narrated that the intruders, with heavily armed weapons and guns, numbering about a thousand from Tungjoy village under the full protection of armed Manipur Police intruded the Nagaland State boundary, which is also the traditional Khezhakeno village boundary.
“We suspect that the intruders came with an intention to grab/encroach our demarcated land by cutting down vast area of trees and in the process attacked T Ngolo Koza, DB who was deputed by the administration there to pacify and control the unruly situation between the two states,” they said.
The in-human physical assault, manhandling and kidnapping took place in broad daylight by overpowering the few stationed Nagaland Police and IRB force at the border site, it said.
They said that the victim was dragged and taken away to Manipur sector with hands tight from behind and then tortured, punched, kicked and beaten with axe butt and lathis. Further on, took him for a torturous ride from place to place, and village to village under Manipur state while being assaulted continuously.
The victim was released only towards midnight after making repeated appeals and interventions made by the highest authorities of Nagaland Government, Phek district administrations and police, community and frontal organizations, they said.
He was later taken to Kohima for undergoing further medical treatment over his precarious state of health, they said.
The KVC called upon all right thinking people and the Nagas at large to come together to voice out and protect our rightful demarcated territory.
The KVC also urged the law enforcing agencies and Government to book all the criminals involved in the act and immediately initiate strict action as per the law of the land. It further condemned the Manipur State Government for conniving and conspiring such criminal and illegal activities.
The Nagaland Dobashi Association has also strongly condemned the harassment and assault on its member Ngolo Koza, DB of Khezhakeno village by a mob from Tungjoy village on Monday while on the line of duty maintaining law and order.
The association requested the State Government to book the culprits at the earliest and take stern action against them.
(Page News Service)