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FNR, THN condemn Oct 14 assault
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland (THN) have condemned the assault on one Ahoshe ‘khapur’ of GPRN/NSCN, by one Yarteo Tangkhul ‘Lt. Col’ of NSCN (I-M) on October 14 at Chumukedima.
Expressing “strong displeasure” and concern over the incident, the FNR appealed the highest level of signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation to thwart this incident from spiralling into violence by taking immediate steps and prevent any actions that might jeopardize the hard-earned reconciliation process.
Reminding about the commitment and progress made in the Naga Reconciliation process through the historic Highest Level Meeting, the FNR said that the temperament of the October 14 incident has “undermined” the spirit of the reconciliation. “Such incidents will only shake the foundations of trust and confidence the political groups are beginning to build on each other,” the FNR said requesting the NSCN (I-M) authorities to initiate investigation into the incident.
Similarly, the FNR also said it was “deeply disturbed” by the October 6 incident at Phor village wherein a military commander of the GPRN/NSCN reportedly shot a 49-year-old woman and assaulted village youths. “Such incidents isolate popular support from the Naga movement and therefore we appeal to the concerned authorities of the GPRN/NSCN to initiate investigation into the incident,” the FNR stated.
The Forum said both the October 6 and October 14 incidents were instances of violence which contradicted the values of Naga Reconciliation. Stating that such acts of violence should no longer become a part of the future, the Forum called upon the signatories of the Naga Reconciliation to demonstrate their commitment to Naga Reconciliation in both letter and spirit so that good would prevail despite all odds.
The Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland (THN) also expressed pain over the October 14 incident and said any form of violence was “highly deplorable” in view of the fact that the parties concerned have entered into a ‘covenant’ to shun violence. “Therefore, Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland is deadly against any form of violence which is detrimental to the hard earned Naga reconciliation process at this juncture. No amount of justification that may exist can restore the damage already done,” the THN said. It also urged the NSCN (I-M) authorities to enquire into the matter and deliver justice. The Hoho prayed for speedy recovery of the injured person.
Meanwhile, the THN said that any untoward incidents that might arise among different Naga national workers and civilians should not be dragged into communal line of feeling which would jeopardize the relationship and co-existence of different Naga communities. The THN reiterated whole hearted support to the FNR and urged upon the Naga national workers to abide by the ‘Covenant’ and avoid all forms of violence so as to achieve reconciliation at the earliest. The THN statement was signed by it president, S. Aring and general secretary, K. Aning Zimik.

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