A number of Naga army commanders in various GPRN/NSCN designated camps and other units have ridiculed the statements issued recently by Maj. Gen. Niki Sumi wherein, he gave an impression that he was in charge and in control of all GPRN/NSCN designated camps as well as various mobile commands.
The Naga army in a statement issued through MIP stated that GPRN/NSCN chairman Gen. Khole Konyak has been the Commander-in-Chief of Naga army for more than 30 years who never tried “barking orders” through media for he knew soldiers do not necessarily conform to what one General says in a newspaper.
Asserting that the issue at hand was greater than any general for Naga army, the release claimed that the haphazard statement was issued to create a ripple within the ranks of Naga army and civil administration in GPRN/NSCN yet the Naga Army was moulded from a 60 year old Indo-Naga political struggle, it added. Naga army military commanders at different designated Camps have rejected the claims of Gen. Niki Sumi that include Samphure designated camp, Athibung designated camp and Kuthure/Wangto designated camp.
Samphure designated camp: Chipongse Sangtam, Tatar and Supervisor of GPRN/NSCN Samphure designated camp, Commander Lt. Col. Lhokishe Sumi, 2nd i/c Maj Chumatho Pochury and Office i/c Maj. Shikaho Sumi have reaffirmed that all officers and men at Samphure designated camp were firmly behind Gen. Khole and N Kitovi Zhimomi.
Athibung designated camp: Naga Army Athibung designated camp, UT II Supervisor Dy. Kilonser, Luna Chongloi and commander Lt. Col Atoshe Sumi and all their men have denounced the statement made by Maj. Gen Niki Sumi and conveyed support to the leadership of Gen. Khole and N Kitovi.
Kuthure/Wangto designated camp: Kilonser Yimto Yimchunger, Supervisor of GPRN/NSCN Kuthure/Wangtho designated camp and Maj. Ato Sumi, officiating designated Camp Commander have scoffed at the idea of the designated camp belonging to an expelled president.
The Naga army stated that the designated camp belonged to GPRN/NSCN and there was no truth in the statement issued by Khaplang’s group adding all arms and men were intact and they firmly supported the leadership of Khole and N Kitovi.
Naga Army also clarified that Maj. Gen. Niki Sumi was only a 2 i/c of 3rd Brigade, Naga Army, and not a Commander as mentioned in his press statement. Lieut. Gen. Nokpao Konyak remains the Commander of 3rd Brigade Naga army.