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Public funeral service held for May 6 victims
Correspondent MAO GATE, MAY 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 May. 2010 1:04 AM IST
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Thousands of Nagas paid tearful adieu to the two innocent students who were shot dead by the Manipur police on May 6, during a public funeral service held at the Parking, Mao Gate here Wednesday.
Several Naga organizations who took part in the public funeral service for the two students - Late Chakho and Late Loshuo, condemned the “barbaric act” of the Manipur Police terming the deceased as “martyrs” and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
“The dead of the two students was a grim reminder that Nagas should bury their differences and put up a united front against adversaries,” said Naga Hoho vice president Inaka Assumi. He said though Nagas were known for their patience, they too could go to any extreme if pushed to the wall.
Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) president, Abeiu Meru in a condolence message said that the two youth have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of the Naga nation and thanked them for their sacrifice. “We shall ever remember you” she said.
Naga Students’ Federation president, Mutsikhyo Yhobu said that words were inadequate to show love and respect for the two students who have laid down their lives for the cause of Naga nation. Calling them “national martyrs,” the president said that May 6 would remain a black day in the history of Nagas from now on.
Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) general secretary, Dr. N Venuh said that the sacrifice made by the deceased would not go in vain, but fight to the last till political aspiration was achieved.
Referring to the “brutal” killing of the two students by the commandoes, United Naga Council president Samon Remei reminded “what the satanic forces did not know was that the bullets they fired will immortalize them.”
NPO president M. Dili termed the killing of the two youth by the Manipur police as a moment of victory for the Nagas and called upon the Nagas to stand together as a people and a nation. He said Nagas were committed for peace and called upon the world to support the Naga peace process. “Let freedom ring and let peace flow in our land,” he pleaded.
St. Jospeh’s College, Jakhama vie principal, Fr. Abraham said that the brutal murder of the two youth would ignite the spirit of Nagas. Stating that Mao Gate had become a place of martyrdom, he reminded of the killing of three persons in a similar way by Manipur Rifles in 1948 while they were defending Naga integration. “Martyrs are like brick for building,” he said.
Several other NGOs including ANSAM, SDWA, SDSA, Mao Students’ Union, Mao Hoho and Kalinamai Village Council also gave their condolence messages. Other organisations including the NSCN (I-M), MUK, SNUN, MCUK, Anal Hoho, Dimapur and APO sent their condolence messages.
On the occasion, the NSCN (I-M) also officially announced the declaration of the two deceased as “national martyrs”.
Meanwhile, Convenor, Co-ordination Committee Neignulo Krome who conducted the service announced the committee’s formal open invitation made to the apex Meitei organizations including the AMUCO and UCM for peaceful dialogue to work out a peaceful solution to the ongoing impasse. “If we can settle in peace through negotiation, we will be the happiest, if not violence and war is not a stranger to the Nagas, it is in our blood,” added.
L. Dikho, local Convenor, Local Co-ordination Committee while proposing the vote of thanks took a dig at the government of India and said that bargaining for a tiny meitei political issue was a foolish thing for India instead of settling the vexed “Indo-Naga” political issue.
He also said that the Nagas have overcome and do not need to sing again “We shall overcome some day” but instead sing “We’ve overcome today.”
After the public funeral service was over, the mortal remains were taken to the burial site some one kilometer away where it was finally put to rest.

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