Saturday, February 08, 2020

Naga Activist Krome Stopped At Airport From Flying Abroad: “Brought Back Bad Memories”

Itanagar: In June 1985, at the height of the skirmishes between police and civilians from both Assam and Nagaland at Merapani along the inter-state boundary, a then-23-year-old Neingulo Krome was detained for 69 days at Jorhat and Golaghat jails in Assam.

Almost 35 years later at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Krome went through the same emotions he felt so many years ago.

At around 11 AM on February 5, the Secretary-General of the Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) had arrived at the airport for his 1 PM Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. With just a piece of check-in baggage, Krome was going through the otherwise mundane process of checking-in at the immigration counter.

“I was initially cleared to go by the immigration officer at the counter but after a while another officer came, took my passport and informed me that there’s an order against me leaving the country,” Krome said from his home in Nagaland’s capital Kohima.

He said that the officer informed him that there’s an order against his travel and his clearance was cancelled.

“I asked who issued the order but the officer said that it showed up in their system and that they were just following orders,” he said.

While he wasn’t accosted, Krome said he was escorted out of the airport and made his way back dejected.

Born at Lasumi village in Nagaland’s Phek district on 14 December 1961, Krome has been a rights activist since the days he was in college.
08/02/20 Ranju Dodum/Citizen
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