Pholongoni incident: Asst Commandant of NAP suspended

Kohima, Sep 24 : The Nagaland government has suspended the Assistant Commandant of the 'B' Company of 12th Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) for his alleged involvement in the Pholongoni incident.

In the September 15 incident, at least 22 protesters, mostly AASU activists, were injured in assault and firing allegedly by Nagaland police in Golaghat district.

The 'B' Company of the 12th NAP battalion, which was passing through Golaghat district, had allegedly baton charged All Assam Students Union (AASU) demonstrators who had blocked the NH-39 demanding improvement of a link road near Rangajan Tinali.

Sources said I Kakheto Sumi, the Assistant Commandant concerned, has been suspended in order to facilitate an impartial inquiry into the entire incident.

A high-level committee led by Commissioner and Secretary for Law and Justice Jane Alam, Commissioner and Secretary for Personnel and Administrative Reform Amardeep Bhatia and Secretary for Law and Justice Nihoto Chishi is inquiring into the incident.

The committee was constituted on September 18 to inquire into the Pholongoni incident and it will submit its report within 15 days from the date of the issuance of order.

The committee members have already visited the Golaghat town, met AASU leaders, eyewitnesses and the injured students and paid Rs 5 lakh for the treatment of the injured.