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Council refutes FGN’s justification
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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Yangzitong village – A&B council today while rejecting FGN “Naga army” clarification on the death of its former cadre Ameto Awomi has appealed to “govt. of NNC/FGN” to initiate “national level enquiry” and deliver justice by handing over responsible officers including “kilonser” Phutoi, “capt.” Hokito and “other culprits” involved in the “cold blooded murder” of Ameto Awomi to the police or to customary court at the earliest to enable the law take its own course of action.
In a press rejoinder to FGN’s clarification, the village head GB Ihoto Sangtam, GB Khehuto Yeptho and village council chairman Akaho Yeptho said they were “very shocked” to read FGN’s clarification on the execution of late Ameto Awomi.
Drawing attention to FGN “Naga army” 16th Bn. 6th brigade, s/c commander “capt.” Hokito’s justification that its “kilonser” Phutoi Zhimomi, who was stated to be in the “civil set up”, had no involvement in carrying out of “army action”, the village leaders queried how could one “govt. senior officer”, in the rank of “kilonser”, did not know anything about awarding and execution of death sentence of one person who was arrested and kept captive in their camp for considerable period of time?
They went on to ask how come the “kilonser” had no knowledge about the incident when his car was used in the “whole episode of crime” by his subordinates.
The Yangzitong village elders further questioned how could he (kilonser) remain unaware, when the slain victim’s family members, villagers and civil societies had approached him on several occasions pleading for Ameto’s safe release.
Recalling that on June 29 last, the “kilonser” had appointed meeting of family members, villagers and NGOs with the assembly house of sumi region at peace camp, Kohima, the Yangzitong village leaders said in that meeting “capt.” Hokito was also present when family members, village elders and NGOs appealed to the house for safe release of Ameto to the extent of taking responsibility to settle the matter in case Ameto had committed any “National offence.”
“If Ameto Awomi had actually committed such misconduct towards his former cadres and arrested for that matter, then, why capt. Hokito did not make known to us about it there in the meeting itself, and now making declaration of the Crime committed by the dead person who cannot justify anymore?” they queried and said that justification given by “capt.” Hokito was “ridiculous and unreasonable.”
The signatories further claimed that when they met “kilonser” Phutoi on June 23 last, the “kilonser” reportedly stated that he had pardoned Ameto and that “govt. of NNC” had no “arrest order” against Ameto who had defected to other faction with a small arm.
“Announcing the dead penalty after execution giving the reason of misconduct is not sensible and is unacceptable,” the Yangzitong village leaders said.
They also underscored that awarding and execution of capital punishment to one detainee by “army” without the knowledge of “government” itself was “illegitimate and unlawful.”

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