WC NNPGs warn anti-ILP protestors

WC NNPGs warn anti-ILP protestors
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Dimapur, March 4: The WC NNPGs has cautioned all non-tribal people in Nagaland that any opposition to implementation of Inner Line Permit in Dimapur District, either in words or action, shall be taken as an affront to Naga people’s aspiration and their long political struggle.
The warning comes against the backdrop of the March 1 (Sunday) blockade imposed against Nagas and Nagaland registered vehicles by a mob near Nagaland Gate in Lahorijan.
“The WC, NNPGs, on its part, will investigate, monitor and identify those ringleaders sitting in Dimapur and surrounding areas who are instigating their colleagues at Lahorijan area to oppose implementation of ILP in our land. WC, NNPG will not hesitate to shut down the business outlets of these members. They will be thrown out of our land,” it warned in a statement issued by its media cell.
Commenting on the viral video clips of March 1 blockade at Nagaland gate, the WC said it is a grim reminder that indigenous people in the NE are being pushed to the corner and the need for appropriate response.
“At Nagaland gate on Sunday, there was not a single person who resembled a tribal. Any day any issue between Nagas and Ahoms can be resolved amicably. Few hundreds illegal immigrants that gathered and blocked Nagas and Nagaland registered vehicles from going towards Assam is not a positive sign. To our Assamese people, it is a red flag because the enemy is now outnumbering you and becoming aggressive. Nagas and indigenous Assamese must realise the danger of nursing poisonous reptiles in our kitchen,” it said.
The WC reminded that for centuries, despite trials and tribulations, the mutual respect and co-existence among Nagas, Dhimasas, Karbis, Kacharis and Ahoms have been healthy and positive. It rued that in recent times, with the unabated influx of illegal immigrants into Assam and Nagaland from Bangladesh, our existence as friends and neighbours is being put to test.
“The need to strengthen age old bond among indigenous peoples of NE India has become utmost necessity. We cannot be at loggerheads because of illegal immigrants.”
Informing that recently the WC, NNPGs had met Ahom revolutionary leaders, CSO leaders and positively shared common concern, the statement said, “Let it be known to our neighbours in Assam and other neighbouring peoples that Nagas are prepared to partner indigenous peoples in the region to weed out all illegal immigrants, the landless troublemakers for good.”
The WC NNPGs further insisted that in these troublesome times, both the governments of Nagaland and Assam must adopt a common position. “Along Nagaland border, the land is swamped by illegal immigrants and that indigenous communities are becoming subservient to landless immigrants. Ancestral land and indigenous peoples’ interest must be safeguarded at all cost,” it added. (Page News Service)