Nagaland tenders apology, Gogoi for action against cops
GUWAHATI, Sept 20 – The Government of Nagaland today regretted the incident of police personnel of the State beating up protesters at Pholongoni in Golaghat district on September 15. However, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) asserted that the economic blockade would continue till the guilty police personnel are punished.
An official release said that in a letter to Assam Chief Secretary NK Das, the Nagaland Chief Secretary A Jamir regretted the incident involving Nagaland police personnel. The Government of Nagaland has taken serious note of the incident involving uniformed personnel and instituted a high level enquiry. The enquiry committee will be headed by Jane Alam, the Commissioner and Secretary of the Urban Development, Law and Justice and Labour and Employment Departments of the Government of Nagaland. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 days.
The Nagaland Chief Secretary requested his Assam counterpart to “use his good office to convey the decision of the Nagaland Government to the members of civil societies and urge them not to take to agitational means.” The Government of Nagaland has also sought cooperation from Assam Government to enable the enquiry committee to complete its report within the stipulated time frame.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in a letter to his Nagaland counterpart N Rio, welcomed the decision to institute a high-level enquiry. At the same time, he said that strong action should be taken against the delinquent police personnel as soon as possible to defuse the tension and strengthen the ties between the neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, not satisfied with the stand of the Nagaland Government, the AASU has decided to continue its economic blockade till action is taken against the police personnel involved in beating up of protesters in Golaghat.
AASU general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said that there is no need for ordering a probe into the incident as the news channels are telecasting the video clippings of Nagaland police personnel beating up students. He said that the Government of Nagaland could have taken action against those involved without ordering a probe on the basis of the video clippings. He asserted that the economic blockade would continue till strong action is taken against the guilty police personnel.
NSF condemnation: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has condemned the recent highhandedness of Nagaland police personnel on peaceful agitators of Assam in Golaghat district and termed the act as totally unwarranted.
In a statement, the NSF also demanded of the Nagaland Government to probe the incident and take action on the guilty police personnel.
Source: The Assam Tribune