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Condemnations on killing of Arunachal MLA, 10 others

DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2019 11:17:49 AM IST

Various organizations including Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) and JD(U) Nagaland have strongly condemned the killing of Arunachal MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others in an ambush at Tirap district on May 20, 2019.

In a press note, FNR said that the “senseless violence and brutal killing of Tirong Aboh, his son and nine others was “outrageous and numbing.” FNR stated that such killings go against the very tenet of life. FNR expressed grief and sorrow and condoled the families of the victims.
It stated that use of violence was “short-sighted” and had no room in today’s context. FNR implored the use of nonviolence and contemplative dialogue to address differences and disagreements. FNR also affirmed that it stood stands for a culture of peace and respect for human rights of all peoples.
NPMHR: Expressing deep shock over the incident, NPMHR stated that “this tragic incident happened in the midst of Burmese military operations against Nagas in Hoyat, Throilu and Nyanching under the Naga Self Administered Zones  of Myanmar since May 16, “which is still continuing.” 
Condemning the killing, NPMHR asserted that no matter how divided people were on issues confronting them, or whatever disagreements individuals or leaders have, killing was never the option as it was against the very basic human rights concerns.
 Meanwhile, NPMHR has also condemned the “atrocious military operations” against Nagas of Burma (Myanmar). It said the entire civil population was reeling under gunfire, bombardments and reign of terrors. NPMHR said many Naga leaders and villagers have been arrested and detained by both Burmese and Indian military. 
NPMHR has urged both the Government of Myanmar and Government of India to release the Naga leaders and villagers and drew the attention of the Indian civil and democratic organizations and institutions besides international communities and the United Nations.
NMA: Naga Mothers’ Association expressed deep pain over the incident and said that Naga mothers share grief and deep loss of the families and the people of Arunachal Pradesh. In a statement, NMA reiterated that violence and bloodshed can never be justified in any way. Appealing for justice, NMA demanded that appropriate authorities take cognizance for action against such dastardly attacks on a Naga leader and unarmed civilians. NMA also appealed to law enforcing agencies to bring out the truth in the public domain at the earliest. “At a time in our history, when there have been great efforts of Nagas across boundaries reaching out in peace and brotherhood, it is most unfortunate that such brutal attacks will trigger immense loss of faith in our age old relationships,” NMA stated. 
CNC: Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has expressed shock and grief over the incident and maintained that such act was “diabolic in the eyes of God and humankind”, adding the act deserves condemnation at the highest degree from all circles. 
In a press release, CNC general secretary, Rev. Seksim Kasar, demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice. CNC also conveyed condolences to the families of the bereaved and prayed for a speedy healings of the injured.
JD(U): Janata Dal (United) Nagaland condemning the killing demanded that the responsible state government and competent central agencies probe the unfortunate incident at an earliest and bring the culprit(s) to book.
JD-U through its media cell also demanded that befitting punishment for the perpetrator(s). Condoling the death of deceased MLA and innocent victims, the JD(U) Nagaland urged upon every sensible citizen to condemn such heinous crime.

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