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1 killed in factional clash
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Mar. 2009 1:25 AM IST
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One NSCN (I-M) activist was killed in a factional clash with the GPRN/NSCN at Liphi village around 22 km from Bhandari sub division under Wokha district, Tuesday. The deceased was identified as one ‘Sgt’ Khole Mao (30) of Shajouba village, Tadubi sub-division under Senapati district, Manipur. According to police, about 60 activists from the two NSCN factions fired at each other in the encounter lasted from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Speaking to Nagaland post over phone, SDPO Bhandari confirmed the incident and said no civilian was injured in the encounter. The number of cadres injured could not be ascertained. Meanwhile the district administration expressed unhappiness that the factions had not paid heed to appeals made by the various NGOs and appealed them to refrain themselves from escalating the situation. HM condemns State home minister, Imkong L. Imchen has condemned the factional clash in Wokha district between the rival factions of the NSCN and affirmed to end the “ugly situation” at the earliest. He also called for condemning the incident by one and all especially in the context of the ongoing peace talks between the different Naga underground factions with the objective of forging unity and a common platform. The home minister also took note of the Nagas’ yearn for peace and unity among themselves including the overseas Nagas which he said was clearly made known during the recently concluded Naga Consultative Meet held under the theme “One dream, one future.” “When the hope of the people is so high, such avoidable incident has clouded with darkness,” Imchen lamented and fervently appealed to both the factions to immediately stay away from such kind of unnecessary confrontation. The minister also appreciated the Lotha Hoho, Lotha Students’ Union and various NGOs and individuals including the administration and police for their efforts to avoid any violent acts. He appealed the Lotha community not to be disappointed with such incident but renew their efforts so as to prevail upon the warring factions and help restore peace and harmony in the society. The home minister said the district administration and police was always there to support and defend the efforts of the NGOs.

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