NBGF, WAYA flay Myanmar military action

DIMAPUR, MAY 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 11:26:16 AM IST

Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) has condemned the purported continued attack on NSCN (K) by Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and creating a war-like situation risking and affecting the lives of Nagas living in that region.

In a NGBF general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and media secretary Akhu Naga asserted that the atrocities carried out against Nagas by the Myanmar military, bombing the areas near Chen Hoyat village and creating havoc in the villages were a matter of serious concern. 

According to NGBF, unwarranted and arbitrary sanctions, fund cuts and disruption of essential supplies to the people have been imposed at the behest of the military, which has caused untold misery and suffering to the people especially the children. The federation expressed surprise that the offensive operation has been carried out when NSCN (K) was still under the ceasefire agreement signed in 2012. “Such act of treason must be condemned by one and all including the International organizations,” NGBF stated.

The GBs affirmed that the “Nagas are living in their God’s given Land either in Myanmar or India. They are aboriginal people of the Land. No outside forces should even think to invade forcibly.” 

Also, asserting that Nagas were one irrespective of geographical boundaries, NGBF said Nagas were united to protect “our Naga Nation and our Political right.” 

Further, NGBF appealed to the international organizations to intervene immediately and stop further human right violations in the name of military operation.

Meanwhile, the federation has also strongly condemned the “gruesome killing” of Arunachal Pradesh MLA, his son and nine others in an ambush by suspected militants in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on May 21, 2019.  NGBF stated that no amount of justification can suffice “such act of coward and outrageous offence.” 

NGBF has appealed to the responsible authority to unearth the fact, specify and punish the culprit as per the law.

WAYA: Wakching Area Youth Association (WAYA) has also strongly condemned the firing and bombing activities by Myanmar military in the civilian area.

In a press release, WAYA president Yonglong K Konyak and general secretary Omtick E Konyak stated that the weeklong military offensive has gravely affected the lives of villagers.

WAYA stated that with movements of villagers being heavily restricted, they were unable to go to field, fetch water and firewood. 

The association maintained that fear psychosis created by the unceasing sound of bullets and bombs have prevented villagers to go out and buy essential commodities. WAYA said it strongly condemned the violation of basic human rights of fellow unarmed citizens caused by the ongoing military operation. 

The association has, therefore, urged the three warring parties to immediately cease firing and bombing activities and restore normalcy in the lives of unarmed civilians.


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