Lotha Region, GPRN/NSCN has informed that Khapur Ashanthung Ezung hailing from Mekokla Village, Lotha Region, a member of GPRN/NSCN Lotha Region till two months ago, had been indulging in illegal taxation in and around Bhandari town.
In this regard, Chairman, Lotha Region, GPRN/NSCN, John Lotha, stated the incident had prompted the GBs and elders in the area to inform the regional authorities and that while he was about to be summoned for questioning, Ashanthung ran away to Hebron Camp along with a pistol. Lotha Region GPRN/NSCN while cautioning that Ashanthung renegade was presently moving around Akok-Mekokla-Nothern Sumi areas, harassing the public and collecting illegal tax in the name of the GPRN/NSCN, also informed that Khapur Ezung, an “imposter” had no authority at any level to represent GPRN/NSCN. Meanwhile, GPRN/NSCN Lotha Region concerned with the rampant destruction of natural vegetation and wildlife around Pakti-Bhandari and surrounding areas has informed public to practice restraint. The Lotha Region, GPRN/NSCN in this regard notified that fishing and hunting at Pakti-Bhandari stretch would be strictly prohibited, and also requested GB’s, elders and general public to extend co-operation.