Chizami VC decries alleged destruction of agri crops, water canal 

Chizami, June 14 (MExN): The Chizami Village Council (CVC) has decried the alleged destruction of paddy fields, paddy nurseries, crops, fruit trees, paddy irrigation water canals in Kuwari, Chuti and Khilipa under the ‘village jurisdiction’ on June 13. 

The council, in a press release, claimed that the “inhuman actions” were the handiwork of Thetsümi people. 

Dozens of agricultural huts belonging to Chizami villagers were completely burnt down, it informed, noting that hundreds of families, whose sole paddy fields are located in these areas, were  totally affected.

“Chizami  people have been cultivating in these areas without any hindrance from any side since time immemorial,” it maintained.

The CVC also denounced the “dastardly  attack” on a woman farmer by "armed Thetsümi youth" on the fateful day. The "traumatised" victim is currently undergoing treatment at Chizami Community Health Centre for physical injuries, it added. 

In this connection, the CVC urged the concerned authorities to book the perpetrators and prosecute them as per the existing laws in the interest of justice at the earliest.

The Chizami Women Society (CWS) has also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Phek and Nagaland State Commission for Women regarding the assault and has filed an FIR, it added. 

It further asserted that there is no instance of Chizami people grabbing land in recent times, despite claims by Thetsumi Village Council and maintained  that “the land dispute issue between Chizami and Thetsümi is decades old.” 

The CVC has also filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Thetsümi village for the property damages, informed the release issued  its Chairman, Kewepelo Tsühah.

It further demanded “due compensation” to the affected persons from the right agencies for the damaged properties at the earliest. 

“We also request the District Administration and all concerned to create conducive atmosphere to facilitate the farmers to cultivate their fields as this is the peak season,” it added.