DIMAPUR, May 19 – The High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the Nagaland Government to look into the causes and circumstances leading to the assault on Wokha DC Rovilatuo Mor allegedly by an unruly mob from Longsa village at Wokha has submitted its report.
It said, 12 persons, who walked out of the DC’s conference hall at Wokha after the DC’s ruling on the election of VDB secretary of the village on April 12, should be held responsible for the attack. Two groups of Longsa village were contesting to get their candidate selected as VDB secretary of the village.
The Committee submitted its report to the Government on May 16 and held that the 12 persons were the leaders of the group with stakes on the issue and had mobilised and brought a large number of their supporters to the venue. “They are to be held culpable and the principle of vicarious liability applied,” the report said.
The group is reported to have walked out of the meeting unhappy with the DC’s decision to uphold the selection of four women VDB members.
The Committee said it could not identify all persons involved in the attack due to limitation of 15 days given to it to submit the report. As per Addl SP Wokha, five persons have been arrested in connection with the case, it said, while recommending that the police vigorously investigate and identify the persons responsible for the attack and book them.
The report also noted that after the vandalism was over, the mob remained without dispersing, verbally abusing and threatening the DC, and the police and administration, including the DBs, could not effectively disperse the crowd or make any arrest. The mob dispersed and normalcy was restored only after the DC rescinded his ruling and referred back the election of the VDB secretary to the Village Council in writing.
The Committee said it could not ascertain whether there was any act of ommission on the part of the police and DBs in this regard and, therefore, recommended a departmental inquiry by both the police and the district administration.