Peren, September 17 (NEx): Reacting to a statement by Mr. Q. Chairman of NSCN (IM), during the recent consultative meeting with tribal Hohos in Dimapur that the Present Hebron Camp and Intangki Forest will be nationalized by the Naga Government since it is “No man’s Land”, the Zeliangrong Baudi (N) in a press release stated that the innocency, simplicity and generosity of the people must not be taken for granted or taken as ignorant of the inherent rights of the people.
The open statement of the Chairman without even trying to reason out the customary land ownership in the Naga Society is unacceptable and provoked the people, it said. In the event of failing to withdraw all claims of ownership of the said land by the Naga national political organizations, the land owners shall be compelled to sue for legal intervention under pertinent sections of law, it warned.
Further, mentioning the recent press release which appeared in some local paper and print media by MIP GPRN/NSCN September 11, 2020, wherein it stated that, “Intangki reserve forest is the common property of all Nagas and it should be restored to its original prestine position and that it cannot in whatsoever manner be disturbed post solution”, to which the Interlocutor said that “Intangki belongs to the people of Nagaland and the Government of India have no say in the land and natural resources of the Nagas”.
The logic of the statement contradicts to the actual and factual position of the original land owner. It is also seen as a blatant distortion of Naga customary laws and its practices, and contradictory & violation of Art. 371 (A) on customary laws and land ownership rights.
“We put on record that the Zeliangrong people will not part even an inch of our land without due process of prior consent of the legitimate land owners. Even the present Hebron camp is established under Peren District by obtaining ‘No objection certificates” from the surrounding Zeliangrong villages. The ancestral traditional land owners of the said land and forest is Beisumpui Village of Zeme tribe of the common Zeliangrong family. Every Naga and GOI knows it well. Records of the facts have been proven by documents established for the conservation and declarations of the Forest as Indian National wild life sanctuary, reserved forest and National Park”- unquote.
Meanwhile, the press release stated that problems of encroachments of the land from time to time have been addressed even in the supreme court of India, and is published in local and national papers. No act of laws or any deed of agreement have ever been established with the original land owner and people with the Naga National underground organizations on Intangki to be nationalized. All Nagas know that there is no, “No man” land in their own districts in Nagaland that can be or that has been given to be the common property for all the Nagas of Nagaland. Neighbouring villages stand witness to the fact that Beisumpui Village is the rightful land owner of Intangki and Government of India took it over by consent and deed made with the local land owner.
It is pertinent to state that, claiming Intangki as the common property of all the Nagas is a blatant lie. It simply is a deceitful and covetous attempt to exploit the land in the name and pretext of the Naga underground governments. The land and its people of each tribe/community must be respected and ensure justice to all, it said.