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NSF rally against assault on 3 leaders of NGOs

People attending NSF protest rally against the attack on three Naga leaders at old MLA hostel junction Kohima Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 May. 2010 12:59 AM IST
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NSF on Monday organized a rally at Old MLA Hostel junction, Kohima protesting against the physical assault on three senior functionaries of Naga Hoho and FNR on Sunday by armed gunmen inside their room in Hotel Grandeur, Kohima. Thousands of people from different strata of life including representatives from various organizations, colleges and schools attended the rally.
Condemning the assault, Naga Hoho vice president Inaka Assumi said it was an attack on the Naga civil societies and Naga people. He said that the desire of Naga people was peace and wanted to live together as a people. He appealed to the people to do their best to over come the challenging times which the Naga were going through and stressed that there should not be any room for suspicion. The Naga Hoho leader said that it was an encouragement that the Naga political parties were now coming together with a common approach towards finding an amicable solution on the Naga political issue. He also lauded the recent statement of the Joint Working Group (JWG) of the three Naga political groups.
Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) President Abei-ii Meru said the association was saddened by the situation taking place in the land of the Nagas. She reiterated that the NMA was against all forms of violence, bloodshed and killing but wanted peace in the land.
NPMHR secretary general, Dr. N. Venuh called upon all to voice together and called those who committed the Sunday’s assault upon the Naga leaders as “anti peace and anti- people.”
He asserted that the Naga civil societies were working for people to live together as one united Naga people and urged upon the people to condemn Sunday’s incident. Angami People Organization (APO) information and publicity secretary Medo Yhokha said that the APO vehemently condemned the assault incident and described it as “inhuman and unacceptable” in a civilized society. He said the APO would not allow their land to be used for criminal activities any more.
NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu briefed the gathering on Sunday’s incident and said it was an insult to the Nagas. Condemning the “dastardly act by the miscreants” he called upon all right thinking citizens to condemn such acts and demanded that the miscreants be brought to book by the competent authority. He assured NSF’s wholehearted support and cooperation to the authority.
Earlier, the function was chaired by former NSF president Achumbemo Kikon, invocation pronounced by Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kohima pastor Chikhungo, and special number presented by Ashuni Choro. The rally ended with slogan shouting “We stand for Peace”, “We stand for unity” and “We stand for solution.”
Assault condemned

Naga People’s Organisation working committee, Senapati has strongly condemned the assault meted out to three Naga organisation leaders including Naga Hoho general secretary Chuba Ozukum, Naga Hoho joint secretary Gentleson Vashum, and FNR member Nepuni Phiku by miscreants at Kohima Sunday.
Calling upon all sections of Nagas to remain united, the committed has appealed the people to rise up and defend forces that were trying to destroy the rights of the Nagas.
The United Naga Council (UNC) has also expressed deep shock over the “inhuman attack” and “attempt on the lives” of Naga hoho general secretary, joint secretary and FNR member by “hired armed miscreants”.
Maintaining that the manner and intention of those culprits indicated handiwork of anti Naga agencies, the UNC, in an e-mailed statement, said “anti Naga agencies” were systematically spreading tentacles to confuse, intimidate and demoralize the Naga people.
Meanwhile, the Chandel Naga civil society co-ordination core committee (CNCSCCC), representing Naga frontal organizations of Chandel district, at its consultative meeting, has “resolutely” condemned atrocities and “life attempt” on Naga Hoho and FNR member, the media cell of the CNCSCCC said in a press communiqué.
They asserted that such short sighted action of looting ATM cards, wallets, laptops in “broad daylight” was a cowardice act of disgruntled armed gangsters.
The committee conveying solidarity to victims, prayed for their speedy recovery. Also, assuring their support, the committee said Nagas would not succumb to such act of “threat perceptions.”

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