Close on the heels of the arrest and brutal torture of Peter Lotha a public from Mekokla Village for two days beginning October 30, the MIP, GPRN/NSCN stated that the IM continued to provoke the Nagas by “employing their men to arrest GPRN/NSCN officials with little regard to the recent Chiang Mai peace declaration”.
In a press note, the MIP, GPRN/NSCN said that the arrest of GPRN/NSCN official Shioto Kath on October 9 was the latest anti-reconciliatory action on the part of IM, adding that the detainee was a former IM CAO of Rengma Region presently a political organizer.
The GPRN/NSCN further demanded immediate and unconditional release of the official, and went on to state that in event of a failure to release the official, IM would be held “fully accountable” if GPRN/NSCN pursued a “retaliatory action”.
“To achieve Unity and Reconciliation among the Nagas, random arrests and abductions are not the best of methods at this juncture”, it added.
It also said the IM must realize “whether they like it or not”, Nagas would insist on having peace and unity in Nagaland and proceed on to achieving acceptable political solution with the GOI.