Alleged detention by AR condemned

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:42:59 PM IST

Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ), Tesophenyu Group Youth Organization Tseminyu (TGYOT) and Tesophenyu Group Students’ Union (TGSU) have condemned the “high-handedness” and alleged detention of three of its members by 3 (NH) Bn Assam Rifles, C/O 99 APO on June 6 at NST Kohima. 

In a condemnation note, RSZ president, Kenneth Kath and general secretary, Sokenye Kent claimed that the three identified as Sohilo Tep,Yhunsinlo Tep,and Chungshe Tep were surrounded at guns point and were “ordered to shot at sight if they make any movement”. 

They were then taken to the camp with their hands tied. RSZ alleged that the trio were then taken into a separate room for interrogation with blindfolded and after two hours of “mental harassment and trauma” they were made to sign a paper where the content was not disclosed to them.

They were later taken to North Police Station Kohima and released. 

Stating that such act of “barbarism and inhumane treatment” by a security personnel of a democratic country like India was beyond imaginable, the RSZ said that the draconian military high-handedness under AFSPA was nothing but terrorising and promoting anti social element in the mind of the young Nagas. Therefore, RSZ said that such act by the so call “Friends of the Hill People” can never be tolerated and trusted at present juncture.

TGYOT: Tesophenyu Group Youth Organization Tseminyu (TGYOT) has also vehemently condemned the “high handedness and illogical action” of the AR.

In a statement, TGYOT president Yhunchulo Seb said that the three were allegedly apprehended at Old NST, Kohima at around 1 pm amidst the onlookers. It claimed that the three were not given the opportunity to prove their innocence. TGYOT alleged that they were taken into their camps and detained for more than three hours, blindfolded and interrogated and upon finding no fault, were made to sign a couple of papers without disclosing the content. They were later handed over to North PS Kohima for release.  In this regard, TGYOT questioned the reliability of the “so called Friends of the Hill people” which was meant to safeguard and protect the citizens of the state. 

TGSU: Tesophenyu Group Students’ Union (TGSU) expressed shock on the alleged detention of its members by AR on mere suspicion amidst busy onlooker crowd. 

The union president, NgviiyhunTep and general secretary,  K. Jacinta Magh said that even after producing valid documents for identification, the three were blindfolded and interrogated for hours and also made to sign a document without disclosing its content. 

Therefore, the union called upon the right thinking citizens to condemn the “senseless action” of the AR.


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