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Three injured in IED blast
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Mar. 2009 12:51 AM IST
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A powerful explosion at a paddy field in Shikavi village, injured three women, one of them seriously while they were working in a paddy filed in Shikavi village, some two and half kilometers away from the NSCN(I-M)camp Hebron on Monday. Police sources said the explosion occurred at around Monday 8 a.m. when some of the villagers were trying to remove a felled tree that hit an IED planted in the jungle . The injured were identified as Toheli (50), wife of Khevishe, Yesheli (55), wife of late Zuhoi and Boholi (17), daughter of Tohoshe, all from Shikavi village. All the injured are undergoing treatment at Zion hospital, Dimapur. According to police, one of the women suffered serious injuries on the left hand which would have to be amputated. Police have so far not been able to establish as to who had planted the landmine (IED) in the jungle. Meanwhile, a defence release said the IED exploded when three women of Shikavi village were removing a fallen trunk of a tree, injuring the three. The three were rushed to Zion hospital Dimapur for treatment where condition of Boholi was stated to be critical. The Army and Assam Rifles have appealed to the factions to desist from using IED/timer devices as booby traps in civilian areas endangering life and property. The release said such moves by factions has been viewed very seriously. The security forces also appealed to the public who venture out in jungles or clear land for cultivation to be cautious and vigilant and report any activity of factions in civilian inhabited areas in the interest of public safety, peace and security in Nagaland. (Contd... on P2) Three injured in IED blast (From page 1) Meanwhile, the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ accused the NSCN-IM of planting the landmine and said this dreadful action was unacceptanle. Stating that such horrendous act was alien to the history of Naga struggle, the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ in a release issued by its publicity cell said the MIP of NSCN (I-M) may come out with another dubious story to justify their anti-Naga tactics instead of admitting the truth. Alleging that every conceivable evil plan was being hatched and tried out by the NSCN IM upon the Nagas, the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ asked as to why the Hebron camp was using the landmines against the Nagas when the entire civilized world is campaigning against the use of landmines. “Did not IM sign the Anti-landmine treaty as a non-state actor back in 2004? Does Honorable Catherine Reusse, Secretary General of Geneva Call (UN Organ for worldwide ban on the use of landmines) know the great pretension at work in Nagaland? Is there a clause allowing Hebron camp to use landmine against the Nagas?” the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ asked. It also demanded that all the remaining landmines around Hebron camp threatening surrounding villages must be identified and diffused immediately. “If Naga people remain mum to such visible terror tactics, greater agony awaits future Naga generations,” it said. The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ also stated that the Naga homeland cannot be turned into another Vietnam where thousands continued to perish by littered landmines planted decades earlier. “IM will come and go but Naga land shall remain and therefore contaminating the very soil they claim to fight for with landmines is a display of horrific politics going horribly wrong,” the release said Evil plans conceived, underneath or above, to destroy the Nagas and their land will not succeed because merciful God has wisdom greater than mortal men and women. “Destiny of the Naga people is not decided by one man or the Collective Leadership at Hebron Camp. The will of the People in God’s good time shall prevail,” the ‘GPRN/NSCN’ said while conveying its solidarity with the landmine blast victims and wishing them speedy recovery.

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