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Organisations flay killings, shooting incidents

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/21/2019 11:58:10 AM IST

Various organisations have expressed concern over the recent incidents of killing and shooting in Dimapur. 

SAH: Sümi Aphuyemi Hoho (SAH) in a condemnation note by president Inavi Swu and general secretary, Ghuzui Shohe stated that Naga people were yearning for peace and while entering into a crucial phase of the long protracted Naga issue towards a solution, these spates of killings and taking of lives amongst the different warring factions only shows “our” narrow and self interest. Hoho expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives and appealed all the warring factions to respect the live of the individual. Hoho stated that any misunderstanding should be settled in true Christian spirit and negotiation and that Nagas have shed enough blood and people are longing to live a peaceful life. In this regard, the SAH stated that whichever faction is resorting to violence should think whether they represent the people and if so, they must listen to the voice of people. 
NGBF: Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) while expressing concerned on the recent factional clash has also condemned the alleged life attempt on NSCN (R) UT-I supervisor and defence kilonser at his residence. In a condemnation note, NGBF president Shahlem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu stated that NGBF condemned such sadistic act and appealed for peace and reconciliation. The federation said that Naga political leaders of any organisation or group understand the gravity of the Naga people’s desire for peace at this juncture.  While many organizations have expressed their opinion regarding the on-going peace negotiation with Government of India and everyone was praying for the new dawn of the day where Nagas could live a peaceful and progressive life, NGBF said that it was unfortunate and painful that people’s sentiments were not considered or respected.  It therefore, appealed to all Naga political parties to shun violence and strive for peace and joint hand together and march towards the era of peace and progress.
DDGBA: Dimapur District GBs Association (DDGBA) in a condemnation note by president Khehovi V Chophi and secretary publicity and information, R. Changkum stated that, no matter what may be the reason behind it, such action does not bode well at the time when Nagas were yearning for peace and when the NPGs and GOI was on talks to bring out a permanent peace and political solution for the Nagas. DDGBA has therefore appealed to all armed groups to immediately restrain from factional and fratricidal killings once and for all. It further appealed to all NGOs/CSOs to condemn any group(s) trying to disturb this hard earned peace.
DDGBA: Dimapur District GB Association (DDGBA) in a condemnation note by its president, Longer Jamir, secretary A Angami and secretary information and publicity, Luikang reminded all national workers that only negotiations and understanding will bring peace and unity among Nagas. DDGBA stated that, “killing among brothers will only divide and without unity we cannot march forward” and therefore appealed to every group and individual to refrain from taking away any precious life and allow peace to prevail.
WSTH: Western Sümi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) president, Jolly Zhimomi and general secretary, Holi Chophy in a condemnation note stated that, “as mothers and women of society”, the WSTH always stood for peace and harmony and opposed these incidents. It strongly condemned the recent “impetuous behaviour” amongst the factions in Dimapur and said that it opposed such kind of behaviour where factions were turning the “homes” into a “warfield” and father/husband mercilessly killed in front of the children and wife. Stating that Nagas were yearning for peace and harmony among different sections of society and groups, the WSTH pointed out that Naga political negotiation was at an advanced level and such kind of behaviour was uncalled for. While questioning as to, “why” and “who” will take care of the widows and children whose husband and father were killed because of hatred and narrow mindedness, the WSTH requested the competent authority to take steps to curb these criminal activities and protect the citizens of the state so that no such incidents take place in future. 
ZUD: Zaphumi Union Dimapur (ZUD) has expressed deep anguish over the unwarranted action committed against Khekato Kinny UT-1 supervisor and defence kilonser NSCN/GPRN(R). In a press note, ZUD president Inoto Kinimi and general secretary Jasper Aye said the incident, knowingly or unknowingly, had put innocent women and children under life and death situation. ZUD prayed that such situation does not occur in the future for the well being of all Nagas, “as we embark towards a new era of mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.”
 

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