Press Release: Assault on trader.

21st August, 2016

That cadres of the GPRN/NSCN would assault a trader on the issue of tax is most condemnable. The mindless assault and humiliation meted out to a Naga boy on the 19th August, by one Pitovi, reportedly belonging to GPRN/NSCN or the ‘Unification’ faction is highly toxic. The ACAUT demands the immediate arrest of the culprits by the State government. On their part, the Naga business community under NBAK should rally around the victim and under no circumstances should the FIR filed against the 3 factional culprits be withdrawn. For a change, the ACAUT expects both the Home Minister and the Chief Minister to condemn the assault. This is not the first time that members of the business community have been assaulted; but unfortunately, in the last several years, the state government has not even once condemned incidents of assault by the factions nor offered condolence to the victims. Such apathy is unheard of and it conveys the rather dangerous message that, one, the government does not care for the life and security of its citizens; and two, that citizens are free to fend for themselves by taking the law unto their own hands. This is the classic symptom of a failed State. The August 12 incident of Wokha should be a wake-up call for the state government and the district administration.

Again, it’s the strong opinion of the ACAUT that no self-respecting Deputy Commissioners can allow the existence of a parallel authority called ‘Town Commanders’. It’s simply unacceptable that the Deputy Commissioners should be giving space to so-called Town Commanders when instead they should be cracking the whip on these parallel authorities.

Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.

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