Violence Grips Nagas in NC Hills

Newmai News Network
Guwahati | May 11  

14 houses belonging to Zeme Nagas were today burnt down by Dimasa militants. Monday’s incident came following the razing of around 100 houses in three Dimasa villages by Zeme Nagas. Suspected Dimasa militants on Monday torched 14 houses belonging to Zeme Nagas at Guilung village, around 75 kilometers from district headquarters Haflong.

Dimasa-based insurgent group Dima Haolam Daogah (DHD), now in ceasefire with the government, alleged that a lesser-known “Citizens Rights Protection Volunteers” (CRPV) was involved in all the latest violent incidents in the district.

“We have urged the government to take stringent action against CRPV,” DHD chief Dilip Nunisa told NNN over phone. Without making any mention of the Naga insurgent groups, Nunisa said that ‘CRPV’ was group run by forces from outside Assam. A section of the media in Assam had reported that ‘CRPV’ was a part of a Naga insurgent group. Monday’s arson took place barely a day after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ordered police, Army and other law-enforcing agencies to launch a joint operation to deal with the situation in the district.

Condemning the violent attacks on trains and civilians, the chief minister announced that all-out efforts would be made to restore normalcy in the  district. The government would leave no stone unturned to bring the situation under control and book all those involved in the incidents, he said. Tarun Gogoi who is closely monitoring the situation asked the state’s minister for Veterinary and Hill Areas Development to camp in NC Hills. 

The chief minister further said that compensation would be given to the next of kin of those killed as well as to the injured. Rehabilitation would also be provided to those who  lost their belongings in the violence, he said. It may be mentioned that at least four persons were killed while several others injured in the latest spell of violence in the district. Around 100 houses belonging to the Dimasas were also burnt down by insurgents. 

Meanwhile, spiraling prices of essential commodities have badly hit the people in the district as well as those living in neighboring Mizoram and Tripura. The skyrocketing  prices of essential commodities has been attributed to the suspension of train services on  the Lumding-Silchar route. The North Frontier Railway suspended all train services along this stretch in the wake of  series of attacks on trains by  militants.