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Organizations flay killing of NSCN (I-M) member

DIMAPUR, AUG 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 11:53:15 AM IST

Several organisations have condemned the killing of a senior NSCN (I-M) functionary, ‘major’ Toishe Yeptho, by unidentified masked gunmen in Dimapur on Friday.

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP said Nagas in general and the organisation in particular were shocked at the dastardly act of killing ‘maj.’ Toishe Yeptho when Nagas were “still in upbeat mood having just celebrated the ‘73rd Naga Independence Day across Nagalim.”

“Such a manner of cowardice by the killers is condemned in the strongest term by NSCN,” MIP stated, adding that “wicked are the enemies when they choose to strike at the time when the Nagas were at the threshold of making a deal with the Government of India to end the seven decades of Naga political struggle.” According to MIP, late ‘maj.’ Toishe left behind a record of having given his best in the service of the Naga nation and his name shall be recorded in the pages of the Naga history. 

MIP conveyed condolences to the bereaved family, and prayed that Almighty God give them strength and courage to face these hours of heavy burden.

CNTC: Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has highly condemned the killing and said that whoever was responsible for “such kind of abominable act” should be condemned by all and severely punished. 

CNTC through its media cell stated that such type of “horrendous act” upon one’s own brothers brings only doom and curse to the society. At a time when every Naga was craving for peace, CNTC said “such inhumane killing of a person who is son, a husband and father sows only seeds of hatred and bitterness amongst ourselves.” CNTC maintained that it was time the Nagas “shed the practice of killing and annihilating in our midst and stand united for peace, progress and prosperity in our land.”

Further, CNTC has demanded that the authorities properly investigate the matter and bring those responsible to justice. It also appealed to for every group and faction to maintain peace and harmony CNTC has condoled the death and conveyed heartfelt sadness and condolences to wife, children and relatives.

SH and SKH: Sümi Hoho and Sümi Kukami Hoho at a meeting held on August 17, 2019 have vehemently condemned the murder of Toishe Yepthomi.

SH through its media cell stated that the apex Sümi organizations “bemoaned the fact that after a brief lull in such incidents over the past few years, factional killing has reared its ugly head in our society again.”

Stating that most of the Naga political groups were currently in a ceasefire agreement with the government of India and were part of the ongoing talks, the two organizations strongly reaffirmed that “such cowardly actions has no place in our present society.” Further, they urged the concerned authorities to leave no stone unturned in their investigation of the case and arrest the perpetrators at the earliest.

NGBF: Expressing “utmost resentment and shock” at the gruesome murder of ‘major’ Toishe, the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) Saturday denounced “such cowardly act of killing in cold blood that too in front of family members.”

In a press release, NGBF president Shahlem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu termed as “unfortunate” that such heinous crime could be carried out at this juncture when all responsible were appealing for maintaining peace and harmony as Naga political issue was at crossroads.

NGBF also stated that “such attempt could be considered as an act of betrayal” aimed at jeopardising and derailing the peace process. The federation has urged the concerned authorities to investigate thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to book immediately. NGBF also convey deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

HASPOD: Highway Area Sumi Public Organisation Dimapur (HASPOD) has vehemently condemned the “barbaric killing” of Toishe Yeptho and urged the law enforcing agencies to immediately arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book as per law.

In a press release, HASPOD president Aheto Sumi and general secretary A Akito Zhimomi also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.

 

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