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Ao apex body bans book

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Nov 18 � The Ao Senden, the apex body of Ao Naga community, has banned the book titled Cogitating for a Better Deal authored by journalist and poet Monalisa Changkija with immediate effect.

Ao Senden president Prof Sangyu Yaden and general secretary Tsupong Longchar, in a release today, said the book has been banned for making false allegations against the sanctity of the statutory apex body of the Ao community.

Asserting that it honours the constitutional provision and status of freedom of press and expression, the Ao Senden, however, stated that the provision cannot be misused and no one has been given the power and liberty to write anything without evidence.

The release stated that the author of the book was summoned to the Presidential Council of the Ao Senden on November 11 to deliberate on the �false allegations� and �wrong information� given in the book in connection with the present Changki issue.

The Ao Senden said over the last few weeks, there has been mounting pressure from the general public for misleading the people after release of the book.

If this kind of �wrong doing� percolates further, it will lead to disaster, the Ao Senden maintained. Therefore, it said, after having a thorough deliberation on the issue, it was decided to stand by its decision to totally ban the book with immediate effect. This resolution, signed by the author and witnessed by Lanumeren, chairman, Yaongyimsen Village Council, was adopted in presence of all the parties concerned, the release added.

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