The Haikot Village Authority vehemently condemned the alleged highhandedness of state forces and the survey team for allegedly inflicting injuries to a woman.
The security forces who were accompanying the survey team reportedly used tear gas shells while protesting against the land survey and geotagging of the highway between Sangshak and Tengnoupal Road on Monday.
The village authority (VA) of Haikot stated that in connection with the Land Survey and Geotagging of the highway between Sangshak and Tengnoupal Road, a survey team under the protection of State Forces was sent to the National Highway 102A which passes through the land of Haikot Village on Tuesday.
The VA stated that the action was dissented by the Haikot villagers as the measuring and
Geotagging of the land in question was based on the Fact-Finding Committee of 2002 which is not recognised by the Haikot villagers since it contradicted the Traditional Boundary which has been maintained for generations between Haikot Village and Khoibu (Khongthel) Village.
It also recalled that an appeal was made to the DC Tengnoupal (Ref. No. 1/HVA/30LS-H/2022 dated 10/09/2022) not to conduct the survey based on the faulty proceedings of the fact-finding committee 2002.
Despite the appeal, the government agency forcefully carried out the survey and also fired teargas toward the Haikot villagers causing panic among the villagers and injuring a woman on the head who is currently hospitalised, the VA added.
While vehemently condemning the alleged dastard and violent act of the survey team and the state force, the Haikot VA also condemned the subsequent imposition of the 144 CrPC on the villagers in a such remote village while allowing the Government agency to carry on with the survey.
"Such discriminatory acts should be condemned by all right-thinking citizens", it added.
The village authority further stated that as per the official survey conducted by SDC Tengnoupal in 1991 through the nstructions of DC Chandel and SDO Tengnoupal vide Memo No. 5524 dt. 22/11/91, the affected land of Haikot Village by the highway is 1½ Km.
The Haikot Village will accept the measurement and geotagging only if it is done in accordance with this 1991 official survey, it added.
The Village Authority also appealed to the authorities concerned not to proceed with the alleged biased Land Survey and Geotagging until the issue is resolved amicably.