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Published on 19 Oct. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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The GPRN/NSCN Monday slammed the NSCN (I-M) for justifying the assault on Ahoshe Awomi (GPRN/NSCN, Khapur) by ‘Lt’Col’ Yarteo Tangkhul of the NSCN (I-M) and censured the Forum for Naga Reconciliation(FNR) for “trying to please all and displease none” by equating the October 14 “ inhuman torture” with the October 6 firing incident at Phor village.
Slamming Yarteo for his “uncontrolled aggression” , the MIP the said the “inhuman torture” of Ahoshe Awomi, ‘Khapur,’ GPRN/NSCN was comparable to that of a mad dog .
It stated that such “unreserved brutality” during the process of Naga Reconciliation was a bitter reminder that the “mad-dog syndrome,” which was thought to have been eradicated among NSCN (I-M) activists, was still prevalent.
On the clarification of regrets issued by the rival’s MIP over the October 14 incident, the GPRN/NSCN described it as a “disgraceful attempt” of trying to justify the “evil deed” on the plea of “mistaken identity” that Ahoshe claimed to be from “Unification” group.
It said the case of mistaken identity could only arise during a conflict situation and therefore the assault was “clearly deliberate and pre planned.” The MIP said if the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR)has any value to the perpetrators of the crime, they must be answerable to the Naga people.
“It is pathetic and foolish for IM, and men like Yarteo Tangkhul, who eat and live in Dimapur on the brows of hardworking Nagas, to call a just contribution of Nagas to GPRN/NSCN as illegal taxation. IM’s existence began in 1988; for the rest of the Nagas, freedom struggle had begun four generations earlier” it added.
On the FNR statement over the October 14 incident, the GPRN/NSCN said it was “extremely unfortunate” that the Forum, touted as the only genuine Naga platform in many years, chose to marginalize the inhuman torture of Ahoshe Awomi by NSCN (I-M).
The MIP said the October 6 incident at Phor village where one Naga Army officer (of the GPRN/NSCN) shot and injured one woman was unfortunate but that his “haphazard behavior has been referred to top leadership”.
On FNR’s statement in equating both incidents, it said the torture happened at Dimapur, “right under the nose of the FNR”, perpetrated by one member of a signatory of the Covenant of Reconciliation (CoR) against another. However, it said the assault was a total negation of the CoR, while the “unfortunate incident” at Phor village occurred eight days earlier, by a member of a signatory of CoR on an unarmed civilian “was highly condemnable. The MIP said “yet even a child could point a finger at FNR for trying to please all and displease none.”
Realizing the gravity of the situation, the GPRN/NSCN said, “a rogue must be called a rogue with courage and wisdom” adding “this is what the Naga people ask of FNR”. It questioned as to why the FNR had not condemned October 6 incident right away and only chose to do so only after “horrific torture picture” of October 14 appeared in the media. “Was it not to shield the barbarity of Yarteo Tangkhul?” it asked.
The GPRN/NSCN said although it acknowledged the arduous task undertaken by the FNR, yet at any point of time it would not hesitate to point out deficiencies if the interest of the Nagas was “knowingly betrayed”.
Yarteo clarifies
‘Lt Col.’ Yarteo of NSCN (I-M) has said that one ‘khapur’ Ahoshe Awomi and his colleagues were collecting ‘taxes’ randomly on daily basis from Chumukedima town in the name of ‘Unification’ group. He said since there was no Naga group with such name, Ahoshe was subsequently arrested.
To the accusation that he was ‘cursing’ certain community/tribe, the NSCN (I-M) functionary said, “I have never in my life in any manner, curse any tribe or community or any person. I have no ill feelings against anybody or tribe except executing the government’s order.”

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