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Rival NSCNs clash in Kohima, Mon; CFSB chairman visits Zunheboto

DIMAPUR/ZUNHEBOTO, NOV 19 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)(Correspondent).
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 12:29 AM IST
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In two separate incidents, NSCN (K) and GPRN/NSCN Monday exchanged gun-fire in Kohima and Mon. Talking to Nagaland Post, NSCN (K) MIP secretary stated that GPRN/NSCN cadres attempted to assassinate the former’s Kohima urban commander around 2. p.m. at Jail colony Kohima while he was standing near a shop.

Stating that the commander’s “guards” saw the rivals before they could open fire, MIP secretary said that they first opened fire at the rival cadres.

Though no casualty was reported, NSCN (K) has claimed that according to eyewitnesses, one GPRN/NSCN cadre sustained injury and was taken away in a car.

In another incident, cadres of NSCN (K) and GPRN/NSCN exchanged fire around 7.50 a.m. at Phoinching area under Mon district when the cadres of both the groups encountered each other. However, no casualty was reported till the time of filing the report

CFSB chairman visits Zbto
 Concerned with the frequent instances of factional clashes, the Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) chairman Maj. Gen (retd) N. George, Monday visited Zunheboto District.

The CFSB chairman said that he made an urgent visit taking stock of Sunday’s firing incident at Xukhepu Village which claimed the life of one 70 year old civilian Thahezu. He expressed his grief over the killing of Thahezu.

George first visited the Ghukiye Designated Camp but stated that the visit yielded no results and was unfruitful since no GPRN/NSCN high officials or top leaders were present during his arrival at the camp.

When asked about the latest developments at the highest level, he said he could not comment on the outcome and progress of the issue. George also had a closed door meeting with the District authorities, DC and SP Zunheboto, 2-I.C 21 Assam Rifiles, DBs, Sumi Hoho, Sumi Kukami Hoho and Sumi Totimi Hoho at the DC’s conference hall.

The frontal Sumi bodies i.e Sumi Hoho, Sumi Kukami Hoho & Sumi Totomi Hoho submitted a joint representation to the kilo kilonsers (home affairs), GPRN/NSCN, NSCN(K) & NSCN (I-M).

Sumi bodies appeal
Sumi Hoho (SH), Sumi Kukami Hoho (SKH) and Sumi Totimi Hoho (STH) have appealed to GPRN/NSCN, NSCN (K) and NSCN (I-M) to stop factional violence so as to create a congenial atmosphere.

In a joint appeal, addressed to kilo kilonsers of GPRN/NSCN, NSCN (K) and NSCN (I-M), SKH vice president Vikuto Nuru, STH general secretary Kaholi V. Achumi and SH secretary Vihuto Asumi said a joint coordination meeting of three Sumi bodies held Sunday deliberated on the current situation in and around Zunheboto and other Sumi areas and resolved to urge warring factions to shun violence.

The three Sumi organisations pointed out that as the examination of school students has just begun, the success of the students would be hampered due to fear psychosis on account of factional clashes.

Stating that factional violence was a frequent occurrence during Christmas season, the Hohos said such factional clashes put a damper on festive season.

They also stated that Sumi hoho and its frontal organizations in collaboration with Sumi Church associations were organizing “Sumi Sakiphe Shikumto Hoho” from November 30 to December 2.

Therefore, it appealed to all the factions to take necessary steps to ensure peace and tranquility in Zunheboto and other Sumi areas during the occasions and in future.

AR personnel accused of ‘violating CFGR’
NSCN (K) has alleged that one “Major Khanna” of 21 Assam Rifles posted at Zunheboto, had violated the cease fire ground rule (CFGR) by threatening NSCN (K). This was disclosed to Nagaland Post over phone by the secretary MIP of the NSCN (K). 

MIP claimed that Maj. Khanna had rung up the vice president of the NSCN (K) Sumi region and “threatened to shoot any NSCN (K) cadre anytime and anywhere”.

The MIP secretary demanded to know as to who authorized a “mere Major” to violate CFGR and whether it was to abrogate the cease fire signed with the government of India.

NSCN (K) also claimed that eyewitnesses have stated that Khanna fired blank rounds before reaching the spot where the clash took place on Sunday.

Orgs condemn
Xukhepu Village Council (XVC), Xukhepu Ghami Kuposhukulu (XGK) Dimapur and Xukhepu Students’ Union (XSU) Monday condemned the killing of a village elder Thahezu in the exchange of fire between NSCN (K) and GPRN/NSCN Sunday.

XVC has condemned the killing of Thahezu during the factional clash in the village. Condemning the “reckless” manner in which late Thahezu was killed, the council stated that it was more pained as the incident occurred while “foundation and donation service” for the ensuing “platinum jubilee” of the village church was underway.

XVC stated that with “anguish and utter frustration”, the council in an emergency meeting resolved that cadres from any faction would not be “entertained” in the village.

Meanwhile, conveying its condolences to the bereaved family members, the council extended gratitude to DC, SP and SDPO of Zunheboto district and 21 AR, Sumi Hoho, Sumi Kukami Hoho, STH Nagaland, STH Zunheboto unit, LKTKK, Langki Kiliki joint council and NGOs for visiting the village during its darkest hour.

XGK Dimapur has condemned the “inhuman killing” Thahezu who was killed during a “mindless” factional clash that erupted at Xukhepu village Sunday.

Stating that it was extremely saddened that an elderly citizen was killed by the bullet of “national workers who claim to be defending our motherland”, XGK has called upon the organization responsible to “identify and fix responsibility” if at all they were really fighting for a national cause.

Further, XGK has called upon right thinking Nagas to ponder a to how the killing of a 76-year old man could contribute to the national cause.

XSU Dimapur has condemned the factional clash between NSCN (K) and GPRN /NSCN Sunday where an innocent citizen was shot dead.

The union said a senior citizen (aged around 70) was killed after “much repeated cry” by the villagers not to start firing “indiscriminately”.

The union appealed the factions to shun violence and killing in public places and urged organizations and right thinking citizens to condemn such unwanted incidents. XSU conveyed its condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed that the departed soul would rest in peace.

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Posted by: Manikho Jeo | Nov 20 2012 12:51AM
I will shot all the Assam Rifles in NAGALIM.
Posted by: Manikho Jeo | Nov 20 2012 12:48AM
for whatever the reason might be, but killing among ourselves should be stopped... Now its time for us to ponder what went wrong and apply the "doctrine of reconciliation" in all the naga inhabited areas. And even the civil societies should be bold enough to come up and firstly restrict and discipline their own tribe officers in the Khaplang or Khole group..
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