DIMAPUR, April 18 - Dimapur Police on Saturday arrested five persons on charges of physically screening and assaulting non-Naga workers in two separate incidents here.
The accused had also made videos of the incidents and uploaded the same on the social media. The police swung into action after the videos went viral, drawing criticism from several quarters, even from outside the North East.
Police said four persons identified as Valen Sote, Medovi Kiso, Thejasekho Sirie and Vilakhotuo Vizo of Vidima village have been arrested for physical assault on some non-locals and dissemination of a video clip of the incident. A case has been registered at the Sub Urban Police Station here in this connection.
In another development, the police registered a suo motu FIR and arrested another person identified as Heveto Awomi of Nihoto village in connection with a video clip of some non-locals being physically screened with a car tape recorder. A case has been registered at the Diphupar Police Station here in regard to this incident.
The Naga Students� Federation (NSF) on Saturday condemned the incidents. It urged the authorities concerned to ensure that strict action is initiated against the perpetrators of such unwanted acts. In a release, NSF president Ninoto Awomi and assistant general secretary Siipuni Ng Philo said that it has come to their knowledge that some mischievous elements had physically and mentally harassed poor migrant labourers and daily wagers, and also videographed these acts.
The miscreants also circulated the video clips on various social media platforms, being unaware of the ripple effect it could have on the Naga people at large, it said. The federation said it was appalled by the insensitivity of the individuals involved in such acts.
�It is truly unfortunate that incidents like these have come to the fore in this difficult hour,� it said.
The federation said the Naga society treats every human being with dignity and provides no space for those who indulge in activities which dehumanise others. It added that the Naga society is not one that promotes discrimination on communal and racial lines as the principle of equity and justice are the basic ethos of �our people� since time immemorial.
The NSF appealed to the Nagas to exercise utmost restraint in their dealings with fellow citizens and not resort to any act which might portray the Naga society in bad light in the eyes of the world.