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‘GPRN/NSCN’ releases six detainees
Staff Reporter KHEHOI, (DIMAPUR), JAN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jan. 2009 1:36 AM IST
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All six NSCN (I-M) activists who were detained in the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ Khehoi designated camp since December 18, were released unconditionally Thursday at a simple function. Those released included- Y.S.Yalem chairperson of the Nationalist Socialist Women Organisation of Nagalim (NSWON), her attendant Aren, MIP secretary Imcha Longkumer, Tatar Hutovi and two others- Aphi and Kuvei. The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ said they were detained on “political grounds” and released Thursday in the presence of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and various other NGOs. A declaration jointly signed by the six NSCN (I-M) activists and representatives of the civil societies read, “The GPRN/NSCN … hereby release the detained officials of Hebron Camp unconditionally. This decision is taken so that Nagas could come together through genuine reconciliation and unity.” The declaration also said that the officials were released with all their belongings intact and in sound mind and health. Convener, FNR, Rev Wati Aier who read out the declaration note said that there were “no strings attached” to the Declaration.He said the occasion at Khehoi Camp was to defy the notion of the impossible adding Nagas would draw hope from it and inspire them to move persistently towards the common goal. The FNR also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the GPRN/NSCN for paving the way for reconciliation. GPRN/NSCN “Kilo Kilonser”, Azheto Chophy asserted that the group at Khehoi was not a factional camp but an assemblage working for peace and reconciliation and to stop bloodshed among the Nagas. “In view of Nagas” quest for peace and reconciliation, we are releasing our prisoners unconditionally”, he said. “Kilonser”, ministry of NGOs, Vitoyi asserted that detainees were not “our enemies” but detained only on “political grounds”. NSCN (I-M)/MIP secretary, Imcha Longkumer, expressed deep gratitude to the GPRN/NSCN for the unconditional release and said they were all given “very good care” besides indicating he would share the experience after returning back to Hebron camp. NSWON, chairperson, Y. S. Salem also said they were given good treatment. Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) president, Hokiye Yepthomi lamented that “unclean languages” were spoken against the Sumis after the Hoho paved way for broad based understanding among the Nagas. On the release of the six detainees, Yepthomi said “Let this day be a lesson to the Nagas”. Representatives of the DBs and GBs forum, Tangkhul Long, Ao Union Dimapur, Naga Women Union Manipur, ENPO, NSF, Naga Mothers’ Associaition, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, and Western Sumi Totimi Hoho also spoke at the function and expressed gratitude to the GPRN/NSCN for unconditionally releasing the NSCN (I-M) officials. Even as the function marking the release of the detainees were underway, the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ announced that its “deputy secretary” Finance, Heyito Lala was apprehended by the NSCN (I-M) Thursday at around 11 a.m. near Walford Colony. The GRPN/NSCN however said it would not go back on its assurance to release the detained NSCN (I-M) activists.

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