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NSCN (I-M) arrests 3 cadres involved in Dec 21 incident

Published on 24 Dec. 2013 1:11 AM IST
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Says it was unfortunate and shameful; seeks forgiveness
Ministry of kilo (home) affairs of the NSCN (I-M) has informed the presidents of Sumi Hoho and Sumi Totimi Hoho that three of its cadres--- ‘sgt.’

Mapam Keishing, ‘corpl.’ Mahori and ‘pvte.’ Ninoto all of Zasibituo battalion (Naga Army)--- have been arrested and being interrogated for involvement in December 21 at Aghuyito junction near Zunheboto town.

Kilo secretary/NSCN (I-M) Q. Awomi, on behalf of the GPRN/NSCN (I-M), said that it was “very unfortunate” and at the same time, “very shameful” that three of its cadres, had harassed and humiliated seven passengers including two ladies while on their way to Zunheboto town.

Awomi assured that in order to do justice, the “competent authority” of the NSCN (I-M) has arrested the culprits and begun interrogation. Awomi also said an ‘inquiry committee’ at cabinet level has been instituted to award befitting punishment on the accused.

Meanwhile, MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release, stated that the three cadres, without any directives and under the influence of alcohol, violated serious human rights that was under any circumstances, not justifiable or condonable.

It said such ‘barbaric and sick mentality has no place in Naga society”. NSCN (I-M) said it was “deeply ashamed” that three of its cadres, instead of playing the role of “protectors” became “molesters” and therefore, taken action accordingly. The identity of the fourth person has not yet been identified, as claimed by the victims and organizations.

MIP further pointed out that as per its Naga Army Act Rules & Regulations (NAARR) viii article 87 & 106 clauses i & ii, the three have been punished with rank demotion, rand retardation and awarded imprisonment with hard labour.

NSCN (I-M) sought forgiveness and also appealed to the victims in particular and Naga people in general, to pardon the actions of its three cadres, whose acts of irresponsibility and indiscipline has caused immense trouble and embarrassment to its government.

Further, NSCN (I-M) said the incident has made it introspect and “evilness within us” and prayed for early recovery of the victims and prayed that “God would grant them strength to forgive us.”

Sumi organizations condemn
Western Sumi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) has expressed outrage over the December 21 incident wherein four people alleged to be NSCN (I-M) cadres waylaid a Zunheboto bound taxi (Tata Sumo) molesting and physically assaulting two female passengers including a minor besides badly beating up two other male passengers.

Strongly condemning the incident, WSTH president Ahimsa K. Zhimo in a press release said that such heinous and inhuman crime have become frequent occurrence.

She said it was unthinkable for such a crime to take place during festive season when people were supposed to celebrate and honour the birth of Jesus Christ.

Innocent people especially, women and even missionaries were not safe in “our own homeland”, said WSTH.

WSTH appealed to all peace loving people make a clarion call denouncing such crime and further urged the responsible to authority initiate befitting and exemplary action against the culprits involved in the crime.  

ESSU: Eastern Sumi Students’ Union (ESSU) has also strongly condemned the December 21 assault on innocent passengers irresponsible NSCN (I-M) cadre.

In a joint statement, ESSU president Inahoto Swu, general secretary  Vinoka Chophi, assistant general secretary Shikato Yeptho, finance secretary Vihepu Yeptho and education secretary Kiyekhu Yeptho termed the incident as “beyond tolerance.”

ESSU while supporting the ultimatum served on NSCN (I-M) as per the general meeting affirmed to fight till justice was delivered. The union called upon student/youth from every corner to prepare and fight to eliminate “evil activities”  in Sumi areas.

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