DIMAPUR, Aug 16 - The Jotsoma Village Council today sought a clarification from All Nagaland College Students� Union (ANCSU) president Katho P Awomi on an alleged �threatening statement� that the latter made at a meeting with the Nagaland Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Secretary on Tuesday. The council has given three days� time to Awomi to clarify and warned that it should not be held responsible for �any untoward incident� if he fails to do so.
In the meeting, Awomi allegedly threatened to dismantle the Doordarshan Kendra, the Public Health Engineering department water reservoir and the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts Music Academy hall, and shift the Kohima Science College out of the jurisdiction of Jotsoma village.
The village council considered the �statement� as not only an insult and direct challenge to the village but also an insult to the Chief Minister and other officials present in the meeting.
In a release, the council also alleged that the �same person� had issued a statement, which was reported in the local media on April 24, that the above three buildings would be vandalised. The council said it could not understand as to why the ANCSU president is targeting the Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, or aiming to shift the college out of the jurisdiction of Jotsoma when there is encroachment on the land of all government colleges in the State.
The college students of the State have been boycotting their classes since Monday, demanding fulfilment of a three-point charter of demands submitted to the Chief Minister on August 10. The ANCSU said it would intimate the students on resuming classes through the print media and the college student unions once the State Government accedes to its demands.
The union had held a peaceful demonstration in front of its office in Kohima and the DC Court junction in Dimapur on August 10, seeking Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio�s immediate intervention in addressing their demands before August 20. It also warned that no government vehicles would be allowed to ply across Nagaland from August 20 if the Government fails to meet its demands.
The ANCSU urged the Chief Minister to resolve the land encroachment issue of the Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, and asserted that it would not allow any encroachment on college land.
The union also demanded proper demarcation of boundaries of all government colleges in the State with fencing and concrete walls. The college students further demanded permanent settlement of the scholarship issue and establishment of separate cells or nodal departments for it. They wanted disbursement of scholarships within a stipulated time every year.