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ZB (AMN) laments factional killing
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 1:01 AM IST
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Lamenting the factional clash between the newly floated Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and NSCN (I-M) in Khoupum area under Tamenglong district on Saturday claiming one life from the ZUF, the Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) has appealed for peace and non-violence and restrain from all concerned.
Stating that it was not against or in favour of any particular outfit, the Zeliangrong Baudi, however, noted that the NSCN (I-M) chose to forgo its own March 10 deadline set for ZUF to surrender and began its operation on March 5.
While the Zeliangrong Baudi and its allied civil societies were putting in every effort to bring the ZUF to a table of understanding, the NSCN (I-M)s March 5 operation had disparaged all efforts of the Zeliangrong people, it said. However strong the case or reason for the spate of firing, lose of precious human life and disturbance of normal life in the vicinity of the incidence without giving a chance for truce and peace was paramount to negligence of the spirit of reconciliation and peace and abject discrimination of the people, the ZB said.
The Baudi said it would not tolerate any form of violence initiated from any quarter in Zeliangrong areas. Further, it said that the Zeliangrong civil societies should be given sufficient time and space to take the initiatives to bring about understanding, negotiation and reconciliation among the conflicting parties.
Referring to reports in the local dailies, the ZB asked if the three warring factions could unite and come to an understanding for an issue as small as conducting a joint offensive towards a splinter group of the Zeliangrong people and subdue the voice of the people, why not the greater reach of the realm of the Naga nationhood - reconciliation and thus, unification. ZB said some other militant groups have also sprung up in other Naga areas but that no actions of such kind were taken against them so far.”
Why should the Zeliangrong people be singled out and punitive actions initiated against the Zeliangrongs alone? This is not expected of an organization who claims to be working for the cause of the Naga people. We want fair play and justice,” the ZB said.
Further, the ZB said it was “disheartened and extremely sad” to learn that some national workers restrained the Zeliangrong Students’ Union and other civil societies based in the region from taking out a peaceful rally at Tamenglong. It said that the voice of the people for peace should not be suppressed when peace was the need of the hour.
Stating that “martial law” was not the answer to all problems, the ZB said when the rally was for a cause as noble as ‘peace,’ the people should have been given a chance to voice their views to propagate peace in their land.
The ZB said that the loud and clear stand of the Zeliangrong people was that there should be no more bloodshed and lose of precious lives in Zeliangrong areas.
It said the Zeliangrong people thus far have been patient and forbearing, but cautioned that if its appeal was not heeded by any organization/government and continued to perpetrate violence, the Zeliangrong people would be constrained to review their cooperation to those organization(s) responsible for the same.

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