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NSCN (I-M) regrets January 2 killing
Published on 6 Jan. 2010 1:04 AM IST
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The NSCN (I-M) has “deeply regretted” the shootout at Kijümetouma village under Kohima on January 2 in which one activist of the NNC/FGN was killed. The outfit said it shared the sorrow of the family and all Naga communities for the loss of at the onset of New Year. PRO/IPR department of R & D, GHQ, Naga Army ‘Col.’ Levi Zimik in a statement said no amount of justification can restore the precious life that had fallen victim in the incident. It however called for the incident to be a “grim reminder” that the key players in the making of reconciliation or undoing the efforts of peacemaking were not the cadres in the field who find themselves under fire but those in the higher echelon who “plot treacherous plans” for thier own vested interest. The PRO claimed that the skirmish took place when a section of NSCN (I-M) activists went to ascertain the happenings around the village and therefor “never” a premediated attack on its part. Rather, the incident turned out to be a set back for in the long search for rapproachment among Naga brethren, it added. The NSCN (I-M) said the leaders of the ‘concerned group’ should be answerable as to why was there a sudden movement of armed cadres in the vicinity of VP Battalion Naga Army and unaccounted accumulation of hundreds of cadres belonging to Meitei and Kuki underground groups in and around Kijumetouma village prior to the incident. Besides, the incident, the NSCN (I-M) alleged that the frequent harassment perpetrated upon the public by the occupants of Athibung camp could not be overlooked. It also said that reports of abuse such as beating up youths of Lilen village, abduction of Jalukieram villagers including the village GB for ransom etc in the name of NSCN have been doing rounds for quite sometime now. It called for doing away with the blame game and to align with the process in truth and sincerity. Condemnations Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today “vehemently” condemned the January 2 factional violence in Kijumetouma village, in which one NNC/FGN activist was killed by NSCN (I-M). “The uncalled event executed was a breach of Trust to the prayer and faith the entire Naga society at moment is thrusting forthwith,” the NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu remarked in a press statement. Stating that it out rightly rejected all fratricidal related violence and bloodsheds, the NSF said any activities and action exercised against within the Naga brethrens would never earn and command respect from the younger generations under whatsoever manner. Also, maintaining that youths have experienced enough turmoil and bloodsheds spawned by inter factional policies over the past year, the federation said it yielded only hatred and bitter memories for everyone. “Time has come today for all the Naga Political Groups to stand to their words to “cease all forms of offensive activities” and give Peace a chance to the younger Naga generation,” it underlined. The federation also urged different political groups to “rein in their cadres from committing as a Nation.” “For the errant of one or two the whole of what we are tirelessly building cannot be given to chance,” Yhobu asserted. Further, expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the NSF prayed that patience and tolerance would prevail, adding that Almighty God would grant hope and vision to all.

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