Organizations condemn raid by 19 AR

Dimapur JULY 19: Different organizations have condemned the act of 19 Assam Rifles personnel who raided the residence of district fishery officer (DFO), Wokha, Ketusielie Kuotsu at Officers’ Hill (Thegabakha), Kohima, in the wee hours of July 12.

NKU: Condemning the action of 19 Assam Rifles, Naga Kuotsu Union (NKU) said even after identifying himself as well as his wife, who is employed in Governor’s Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, with identity proof and not a contractor as questioned, the AR personnel raided the his residence.
In a press release, NUK president Bizo M. Kuotsu and secretary Er. Neisievilie Lhousa termed the incident as “a great insult” and demeaning to government servants, who even after proving themselves as government employees were not paid any heed.
Even after ascertaining the identity and not the one as sought, the union said the house was raided for more than four hours where no any “piece of suspicious or illegal possessions” was found.
Stating that the raid had proved insecurity to innocent citizens, the union said such action of Assam Rifles on an innocent citizen and family was highly condemnable and questionable.
It asked the AR to tender public apology for harassment and agony meted out to an innocent member and family of its clan.
VUK: Vihutsumia Union Kohima (VUK) has vehemently condemned the “arbitrary raid” conducted in the residence of one of its member, Ketusielie Kuotsu.
In a press release, union president Petevilie Khatsu stated that Kuotsu hailed from Mezoma village, Kohima, and was a permanent resident of Officer’s Hill Colony, and serving in the department of fisheries under the capacity of DFO posted in Wokha.
He is also the joint secretary, Western Angami Gazetted Officer’s Krotho (WAGOK) and advisor, Nagaland Fisheries Technical Association (NFTA).
It further demanded 29 AR to tender public apology for causing mental trauma and tarnishing the image of its member and take stringent action against the concerned officer as per the provision of the law.
WEPO: Western Angami public organization (WAPO) has demanded for an immediate solution to the concerned authority with regard to the raids and search operation conducted by 19 Assam rifles July 12 in the residence of Ketusielie Kuotsu.
The organization has expressed anger for not taking any action against the 19 Assam Rifles. It demanded immediate apology from 19 Assam Rifles publicly or justifying giving the authentic proof.
If they failed to do so, WAPO said Assam Rifles were not worth to be called as the “friends of the hill people.”
In a press release, WAPO president and general secretary said organization had expressed sadness towards the 19 Assam Rifles for not accepting the identity card of Ketusielie Kuotsu. The organization said that the act of the AR has not only caused trauma to the family but also to the entire neighborhood.
Further, the organization sought protection for the public from the law enforcing agencies, adding that such kind petty accident should not take place in future to the civilian.

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