Former (IM) USR CAO in-charge, Kiphire Block Chopongse Sangtam, reacting to a news item “USR NSCN (IM) Kiphire clarifies on defection” which appeared in some local dailies on April 6 and 7 respectively has expressed shock at the malicious allegations leveled against him by “the very persons” who pushed all “true National Workers” under United Sangtam Region “into a pressure cooker situation”.
He said he was never discharged on March 24 as alleged, and added, “no authority, central or regional” has ever question his integrity and loyalty towards the Naga cause.
“The discharge order of March 24 is simply a figment of imagination”, he added and questioned as to how he could still possess government arms and ammunition with no order of withdrawal or submission of the same till last week.
Stating that all CAO’s were empowered with responsibilities and that the United Sangtam Region was no different, he alleged to have handled all government files and document considering the great search for unity and oneness among the Nagas and a new direction required in the USR.
“The un-revolutionary tactics of T.T Among and his boys” he said, was “also one prime factor” on why USR’s likeminded patriots voluntarily joined GPRN/NSCN to serve the Nation for a purpose.
Accusing T.T Among for siphoning off all maintenances and allowances approved by the government to USR, Chopongse went on to add that “For four years not a penny has reached regional authorities”.
“We were threatened with suspension or discharge every time we bring up the issue”, he stated, adding, he was never involved in collecting tax without the knowledge of the authorities as alleged.
Terming A.S.O Thro-nglise’s anti-national activities still protected by T.T Among as unfortunate, he stated on February 2, 2009, Thronglise was caught red handed in possession of Spasmo-Proxivin tablets (SP), by Kiphire Town Sangtam Student’s Union (KTSSU), which was reported to the government on February 4, and appended that the government, citizens and NGO’s of Kiphire town “could testify to this fact”.