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NSCN (I-M) regrets Oct 14 assault incident
DIMAPUR, OCT 17 (NPN):
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Published on 18 Oct. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) has expressed “deep regret” over the October 14 assault incident meted upon one Ahoshe ‘Khapur’ of GPRN/NSCN and said necessary steps were being initiated by the Naga Army authorities to keep such things from happening again.
However, the NSCN (I-M) said it was a case of “mistaken identity” as the victim initially identified himself as a member of ‘unification’ group “that does not exist under the ongoing scheme of reconciliation process.”
The MIP, NSCN (I-M) said even though there was significant development in the search for reconciliation and unity and the conduct of ‘September Summit,’ yet the issue of maintaining law and order and to counter any anti-social elements remained the subject of common understanding among the signatories of the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation.’
The NSCN (I-M) said this also signified that any element not coming under the three groups – NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN, shall be treated by different yardstick and confronted in the manner the situation demanded. It said, accordingly, the Naga Army was activated to keep vigilance over such anti-social elements in and around Dimapur.
Narrating the October 14 incident, the NSCN (I-M) said that the Naga Army, based on reports from public and businessmen in Chumukedima area, confronted one Ahoshe when he was found “collecting tax illegally,” which was neither annual nor monthly but done in haphazard manner as per his whims.
It said that Ahoshe resisted the approach by Naga Army and identified himself as ‘Khapur’ belonging to ‘Unification’ group.
“But there is no group by such name that comes under the ambit of covenant of reconciliation. The Naga Army thus acted consciously and went physical to teach Ahoshe the lesson to make him realize the folly of indulging in such activities that goes against the people’s interest,” the NSCN (I-M) said.
Further, it stated that it was only during the “interrogation and torture” that Ahoshe confessed his identity as a member of NSCN-K (GPRN/NSCN) and after which he was set free.
“Let it be known that action taken upon Ahoshe in the form of physical torture was not done under any motivated intention but under mistaken identity after Ahoshe himself wrongly identified himself as member of ‘unification’ group that does not exist under the ongoing scheme of reconciliation process. It is however a matter of great regret that physical torture has gone a little too far,” the NSCN (I-M) added.
The NSCN (I-M) also expressed concern over several groups collecting and extorting tax in Dimapur in the name of Dimasa, Meiteis, Kukis etc and said this has alarmed the Naga Army and prompted it to be more vigilant.
“But the enthusiasm sometimes comes with certain errors under certain circumstances,” the NSCN (I-M) admitted.
It was stated that the NSCN (I-M) as a responsible people’s organization would not shy away from taking correctional steps to keep the hard earned spirit of reconciliation process intact and stood firm not to destroy that momentum.

WSKH condemns

Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) has condemned the alleged torture of GPRN/NSCN ‘khapur’ Ahoshe by one Yarteo Tangkhul, ‘lt. col.’ of NSCN (I-M) on October 14 at Chumukedima. WSKH president Apeto Assumi, in a statement, said it was unfortunate that such incident occurred when all groups of Naga “national workers”, spearheaded by the FNR, have committed to shun violence. It called upon all to uphold this commitment and not resort to actions that could hamper reconciliation process.
The Hoho also condemned the alleged expletive aimed at the Sumi tribe by Yarteo, stating that such would only lead to disunity among Naga people. It further appealed the signatories of “covenant of reconciliation” to ensure that such incidents were not repeated in the future.

 
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