Reacting to the situation at Mao Gate where two students were killed and more than 70 civilians injured by Manipur armed personnel on May 6, various Naga organizations and civil societies have condemned the incident. Manipur armed personnel on Thursday reportedly fired tear gas shells, mock bombs and live bullets at a peaceful rally organized by Naga Women Union Manipur (NWUM) and United Naga Council (UNC) against the Manipur government’s decision to prevent Th .Muivah from visiting his hometown, Somdal in Manipur.
ZYF: Zeliangrong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) condemning the incident demanded Manipur government to extend help to next of kin of the deceased and to injured victims to meet their medical expenses. Denouncing the incident, various civil Zeliangrong organizations based at Tamenglong took to a mass protest rally from Apollo Lower Ground to DC office on Friday, ZYF general secretary, Thuiriang Panmei informed. ZYF also appreciated the decision taken by six Naga MLAs to resign on moral grounds due to the administrative failure of Manipur chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh.
NBCC: Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has expressed concern over the damage resulting from the prevailing crisis at Mao Gate. Condemning the brutal force used by Manipur police against civilians at Mao Gate, NBCC has also appealed to all responsible persons not to ignite the overheated crisis further with irresponsible words or actions.
ANCSU: All Nagaland College Student’s Union (ANCSU) has condemned the killing of its members Daikho Loshü-o, a student of BA II, St. Joesph College, Jakhama at Mao Gate on May 6. While condemning the “barbaric act” of Manipur police and commandos for killing and injuring innocent public, ANCSU has also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members and assured its cooperation and support to the Naga Student’s Federation (NSF).
PAC: Political Affairs Committee (PAC) has condemned the crisis at Mao area where Manipur police and commandos have killed two innocent public and injured many. A statement issued by PAC chairman, Dr. T.M. Lotha decried the incident as “most outrageous and barbaric” and said Manipur government should take full responsibility and bring the situation to normalcy at the earliest in the interest of general public.
NCD: Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) and people of Dimapur have expressed pain over the‘brutal’ killing of innocent students and atrocity perpetrated upon 70 other innocent Naga civilians by Manipur Police. The Council has urged the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to initiate action against the Manipur government and its forces in a befitting manner. Meanwhile, Naga Council president Savi Liegise has appealed to all the citizens of Dimapur to remain calm and exercise prudence while going through the traumatic incident and not to succumb to the provocation but to cooperate with the Naga Hoho and the Nagaland government by rendering full assistance to them individually as well as in tribal formation in dealing with the tragic incident for justice.
NSCN/GPRN Kyong region: Kyong national workers have unanimously condemned the killing in the strongest term by armed forces of Manipur government at the behest of Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh and appealed for highest level of condemnation from all right thinking people. Joseph Lotha, CAO Kyong region NSCN/GPRN in a press statement said there is no power in earth to restrict a citizen from visiting his/her native village/town and such ill treatment meted on the Nagas could not be tolerated. Further, said Kyong national workers were ready to extend solidarity with decision taken by Naga leaders and also expressed their sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.
NPF Kohima: NPF Kohima division expressing concern over May 6 incident has condemned the inhuman act of Manipur police and also appealed to right thinking citizens to strongly condemn the act of the Manipur police forces. In a press statement NPF Kohima division said it was very unbecoming on the part of Manipur government in ordering to shoot at the innocent public who are no match to the sophisticated weapons of the police forces. The division further expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for rest to departed souls and also wished for speedy recovery of the injured persons.
NSUG: Naga Students’ Union Guwahati (NSUG) has vehemently condemned the killing of two students and also expressed their disappointment over the security forces. The union further appreciated the Naga Students’ Federation president and tribunal member for providing timely assistance to the victims.
NCP: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nagaland while condemning the killing of innocent civilians and injuring many others by Manipur commandos at Mao on May 6 stated it was the primary duty of any government to maintain law and order and to protect the lives of people within its jurisdiction. Stating the incident was unfortunate at a time when the government of India and Naga underground groups was trying to find a solution, the NCP reaffirmed it would stand for a peaceful and negotiated settlement and appealed the central government to immediately intervene and restore normalcy. The party also expressed its appreciation to the Red Cross personnel, Nagaland govt. officials, public leaders and neighbouring villages for extending timely humanitarian aid to the victims.
NMDA: Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) out rightly condemning the high handedness of Manipur armed personnel resulting into killing and injuring innocent civilians has expressed that the situation could be easily averted if the armed personnel would have maintained a little constraint. The NMDA expressed solidarity to the bereaved families.
AZSU (AMN): All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (AZSU) Assam, Manipur and Nagaland strongly condemned the high handedness and atrocities committed by combined forces of Manipur Rifles, IRB and police commandoes leading to killing of five innocent lives and injuring several. In a press statement issued by Nchaheing Kompoing, general secretary AZSU said atrocities committed by Manipur security force against the Nagas is highly condemnable and intolerable and also urged all sections of the Naga society to stand united to safeguard the common cause and interest of the Nagas.
BJP Nagaland: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nagaland has condemned the Manipur police for killing, injuring and harassing the innocent public at Mao gate. The BJP Nagaland in a press statement issued by K. Medom Angami, vice president has blamed the prime minister and union home minister for their role of ‘double standard’ as allowing Th. Muivah to visit his native village Somdal under Ukhral district without providing adequate security as committed which led to the killing of innocent public. Further stating the incident to be a clear cut conspiracy to mayhem, the BJP state has demanded for resignation of union home minister, P. Chidambaram.
WSH: Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has resolved that Muivah, general secretary NSCN (IM) has got every right to enter his native village/home as permitted by Government of India and hence the Manipur government has no right to obstruct such bonafide birth right entrance.
NPMHR South: NPMHR South has expressed that unwanted situation created by the Government of Manipur (GoM) and supported by UCM, AMUCO and others, had resulted in the loss of innocent lives and critical injuries to many Nagas in the unrestrained firing upon civilians at Mao Gate.
The NPMHR in a press statement said Manipur Cabinet reaffirmed its resolution after the lose of lives and suffering of so many innocent Nagas was a reaffirmation by Manipur government that they would continue to kill innocent Nagas and the direct support given by some Meetei civil societies to the decision of Manipur government made them complicit in the crime of killing innocent Nagas. Further expressed that this has left with no option but to conclude that killing of innocent Nagas was now sanctioned by Manipur government, with active support of these organizations and that Nagas in Imphal no longer feel secure or safe.