Tikhir Tribal Council (TTC) has condemned a news item that appeared in a local daily February 27 on protest against formation of Saramati region by various Yimchungrü organizations, stating that it contained "views and policy of assimilation".
A joint statement issued by TTC president Topan K. Tikhir and executive council chairman Dioto said the question of division of Yimchungrü tribe into two parts by the formation of Saramati region as claimed by the Yimchungrüs neither existed nor connected with the Tikhir tribe as to whether the Saramati region would continue to preserve its identity and work independently for the common cause.
TTC, however, stated that it would not specify any comment on the protest against the creation of Saramati region by Yimchungrü organizations, as council felt it was the policy of the NSCN (I-M). The statement said whether the region was created for good or bad purpose would be known only by the NSCN (I-M).
Clarifying that prior to the creation of Saramati region, the NSCN/GPRN in 2003 declared and issued order of sub-region for Tikhir tribe under the nomenclature Tikhir Area Central Administration (TACA), TTC stated since then its tribe had been working for the cause of "Naga nation".
Council stated it did not react or protest when the creation of Saramati region by the NSCN/GPRN in 2010 merged the sub-region of Tikhir tribe into the new region, as TTC considered it was for the cause of "common Naga political issue".
TTC also refuted the statement made by Western Yimchungrü Hoho president P.K.F. Tochu, and clarified to the public that Tochu was a Tikhir by birth, who was expelled from the Tikhir tribe in 2003 following his "evil policy towards his own tribe".
TTC alleged he was still trying to bring Tikhirs to Yimchungrü fold even after he sold his birth right to Yimchungrü "for a cup of tea and a piece of bread".
Further, council refuted another point made in the news item that Tikhir Tribe was part of Yimchungrü tribe as claimed by the Yimchungrü. It stated that the Tikhir tribe, like all other Naga recognized tribes, had its own history, culture, tradition, origin and migration and it was in no way "sub-dialect group" or part of Yimchungrü tribe.