Mao Council Alleges Threats To Its Citizens In Kohima, Calls For Dialogue And Resolution - Eastern Mirror
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Mao Council alleges threats to its citizens in Kohima, calls for dialogue and resolution

By EMN Updated: Mar 21, 2024 12:08 am

DIMAPUR — In response to recent events concerning the Mao and Angami communities, the Mao Council has written to the Tenyimi People’s Organisation (TPO) stating that it has initiated measures to create an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and resolution and proactively acted upon the demands served in the Angami Public Organisation (APO) ultimatum.

The measures include restoration of the Rest House at the disputed site, lifting of CrPC 144, as well as relocation of the security personnel from the disputed area, which was confirmed by the TPO after an inspection on March 16.

Concurrently, the Mao Council also raised concerns over alleged harassment and threats made to Mao citizens, who, following the TPO’s assurance that they could remain in Kohima after meeting ultimatum requirements, stayed behind.

It claimed that on March 19, whilst the APO meeting was underway, volunteers associated with the Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) went from house to house, threatening Mao people to vacate their homes.

Among those targeted was a stroke patient, approximately 60 years old, who had limited mobility. The patient’s family was reportedly coerced into leaving under threat of dire consequences, compelling them to evacuate their residence immediately, it said.

Another incident the Mao Council highlighted pertained to a family with a 32-year-old person with physical challenges, who were reportedly threatened to vacate their residence.

Additionally, a grieving family was prohibited from cleaning the graveyard following the passing of their mother on March 16 and the funeral held on March 17. They faced threats, warning them against providing explanations and insisting they leave, under the threat of repercussions if they stayed, the letter stated.

It went on to state that schools and colleges in Kohima managed by the Mao community were directed to close. “However, it is crucial to reconsider this decision, considering the broader welfare of students from all Naga communities,” it said.

The Mao Council asserted that peace is imperative in order to foster trust between the Maos and Southern Angamis and address the enduring conflict at Dzükou and Kozürü, and as such, it has proactively acted upon the demands in the ultimatum.

“We are pleased that the APO has decided to visit the site on March 21, and we are committed to providing assistance in any way possible,” it said, expressing hope that wisdom will prevail, leading the way for peace and constructive dialogue.

By EMN Updated: Mar 21, 2024 12:08:31 am
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