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Naga village shuns family

- Members accused of murdering two Assam youths

Jorhat, June 11: A village authority in Nagaland has severed relations with its own residents to strengthen bonds with neighbouring Assam.

The citizens’ forum of Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district has decided to ostracise a family and ask them to leave the village, charging one of them with the murder of two youths from the neighbouring state about a fortnight ago.

The forum took this decision in an emergency meeting held on June 6 and declared that the family — four brothers, two wives and children — be removed from the village and directed the family never to return. For good measure, their house too has been burnt down.

Hosea Konyak, general secretary of the Konyak Union and a member of the forum, told The Telegraph over phone today that they wanted to set an example for the villagers that such inhuman activities would not be tolerated and to create bonhomie with “our brothers and sisters in Assam”.

“We will not tolerate such evil activities by any member of the village,” Konyak said, while warning that anyone found involved in such acts would face similar action.

An officer in Simaluguri police station in Assam’s Sivasagar district said that Loakmong Konyak of Lamphang Tiru village, which is under the jurisdiction of the forum, was arrested recently for his alleged involvement in the killing of two youths — Khirod Gogoi and Rupam Gogoi — of Bogoriguri village in Sivasagar district.

The bodies of the two youths were recovered from Shingphang reserve forest near Tiru hills inside Nagaland on May 25. Loakmong was arrested with the help of members of the forum, the officer said.

He said Loakmong was part of a gang of vehicle thieves and had hired a Tata Sumo, belonging to the victims, along with two other members of the gang from Simalaguri on May 21 for travelling to Mon. “The trio had murdered the two youths with the intention of stealing the vehicle,” he said.

However, the police managed to arrest the three persons involved in the crime.

The incident had caused a huge protest in Assam with Simalaguri observing a bandh. The incident had also created bad blood between the people residing on the two sides of the border.

Konyak said the killing of the two youths from Simalaguri was not the only crime committed by the members of the family. “The father of the accused, Nahlei, was shot dead by another son at their residence in broad daylight last year,” he alleged.

He said the forum had expressed concern over the repeated crimes committed by the members of the particular family and were forced to take such strong action. “If we allow them to stay in the village, they would set a bad example for others,” he said.