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Expelled NSCN (R)’s army chief clarifies

DIMAPUR, DEC 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/19/2018 10:15:12 AM IST

Terming Makury region chairman Tuitimiu’s allegation against him of trying to form a parallel organisation as “ a lie”, expelled NSCN (R) Naga Army chief Jackson Pochury  accused organisation’s chief Wangtin Naga of banishing him without proper reasoning and constitutional steps.

In a rejoinder, Jackson claimed that Tuitimiu orchestrated the entire move to get him expelled from NSCN(R). 

According to the expelled NSCN (R) army chief, Tuitimiu informed him that there were 11 home-comers led by an unidentified lieutenant colonel and that they had huge arms and ammunition in their possession that were to be submitted to GPRN. He claimed that GPRN, trusting his words, gave him transportation expenses and financial aid for distribution among the home-comers. 

However, Jackson said he got information that Tuitimiu was staying in Dimapur and so he asked him to report to his station so that he too could go along with him. But, instead of reporting to him, Tuitimiu allegedly vanished from Dimapur.  Hence, out of curiosity, Jackson said he decided to visit Makury region (East Burma), adding that he set out for Makury on December 8 and reached there on December 10. He claimed to have discovered that Tuitimiu’s reports about arms and home-comers were all lies and baseless. 

According to the expelled NSCN (R) army chief, Tuitimiu’s own people and region members were unaware of his mission and warned him of Tuitimiu’s lying habit. 

He said, along with his men, he was staying in the jungle below Makhwiichu village awaiting the Makury region chairman’s positive report. 

But on Tuitimiu’s delay in reporting to him and sensing danger, Jackson said he move out towards the west. Before crossing border, he said he got information that Tuitimiu had reported to Burmese army about his presence in the area. 

However, by the grace of God, Jackson said they were saved from the hand of “those foes” and he reached Kiphire district on December 18.

But, the expelled NSCN (R) army chief claimed that Tuitimiu tried to finish him off for the second time by coming to the border and reporting to GPRN that the former had ordered him to close all arms and ammunition, besides trying to convince Makury region to follow him in forming a new parallel group, “which was a complete lie.”

Jackson regretted that NSCN (R) president Wangtin Naga, on getting this information from Tuitimiu, expelled him with no proper reasoning and without following constitutional procedures. 

He said he was confused whether he should mention the incident to the president as a “wise and visionary leader” or should move ahead “seeking a real leader”. He said his big decision was never to give up whatever was the burden for the “greater and better cause of the nation.” 

Mentioning that he accepted the situation as a challenge for him to go up to a higher level, Jackson urged Wangtin Naga to maintain the prestige and position of his next army chief. 

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