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Killed NSCN (K) cadres identified; ‘fake encounter’ alleged

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 24
Published on 25 Jun. 2013 1:09 AM IST
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Bodies of the six NSCN (K) cadres killed by a combined force of 10 Assam Rifles, paratroopers and Loktak Brigade troops in Shonglung and Khuman village in Manipur’s Tamenglong district Sunday morning, were brought to RIMS hospital Monday by Manipur Police.

Nagaland Post, in its June 24 report identified the slain cadres as NSCN(K) while other media said they were Kuki militants.

Also as reported, when contacted by Nagaland Post Sunday, NSCN(K) at that time had no knowledge of the incident.

MIP of NSCN (K) Monday identified the slain cadres as- ‘maj’ Raja Kamei, ‘lieut’ Reikanbou, ‘2nd lieut’ Chujanglong, ‘sgt’ Mazapei, ‘sgt’ Ngangboi and ‘pvt’ Felas.

One Imphal-based evening daily, quoting some civil society present at RIMS hospital, Monday alleged that the NSCN (K) cadres were killed in a “fake encounter”.

They claimed that the cadres had gone to the 10 AR camp in Noney at the latter’s invitation on June 22 and killed. The sources also alleged one was still missing.

Civil organizations based in Tamenglong district said they would protest against the alleged fake encounter.

Earlier, AR claimed that its troops launched the operation from Kangchup, Imphal West district on Saturday afternoon after specific inputs about presence of heavily armed cadres present in the area.

AR claimed that the first encounter took place Saturday afternoon after security forces were fired upon. While in pursuit of the NSCN (K) cadres, AR said the joint team in another encounter on Sunday, killed six NSCN (K) men.

NSCN (K) condemns ‘brutality’ of 10 AR
Meanwhile, MIP of NSCN (K) on Monday condemned what it described as ‘cold-blooded killing’ of six of its cadres by the troops of 10 Assam Rifles in Tamenglong on June 23. MIP said the 10 AR ambushed the cadres when they responded to a “friendly invitation for a friendly meeting”.

MIP termed the killing as “as one of the highest levels of betrayal on the part of the Indian security forces who pretended to be good friends but acted as the devil.”

It said that after sending a “friendly invitation for friendly meeting” the 10 AR acted contrary by laying an ambush and killing all the six led by ‘maj’. Raja Kamei.

The MIP asserted that the NSCN(K),after signing the cease fire agreement with the government of India, did not consider “ security forces as inimical forces”.

Stating that NSCN (K) never took up arms against the security forces, MIP asked why was the Assam Rifles waging war against NSCN(K), when it was a party to the cease fire with the government of India?

MIP also said it was an insult to the Nagas when 10 AR took the slain cadres to Leimakong Army HQ.
Describing the killing as “one of the most inhumane activities of the 10 AR”, NSCN (K) said it expected the government of India to initiate appropriate action against the said Assam Rifles for gross violation of cease-fire ground rules.

MIP also paid tributes to those killed as “great sons of the soil” whose deaths will remain etched forever in the annals of the Naga national movement for freedom. It also extended condolence to all the bereaved families and prayed for their strength.

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