Post Mortem

NSCN (I-M) statement on gunning down of 6 soldiers

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:11:12 PM IST

 On July 11, 2020 when the combined forces of the Assam Rifles (AR), Indian Army and Arunachal Pradesh state police force mercilessly gunned down six (6) young soldiers of Naga Army while they were sleeping in a hut at Nginu village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh, it shook the human consciousness beyond measure. On the other side, the inhumane brutality of the Indian security forces was laid bare before the world. Supporters of Naga political movement raised banners at the United Nations (UN) plaza in front of the UN office in Geneva, Switzerland. They targeted the Indian Army and RAW (Research Analysis Wing) as sponsor of terrorism. 

Back home in Nagalim, people of cross-section deeply mourn the loss of the six young soldiers in the prime time of their service for the Naga nation. Despite facing many hurdles because of the ongoing lockdown in the battle against Covid-19, no stone was left unturned by the Naga civil society organizations (CSOs) to bring home the mortal remains to their respective Naga villages spread across the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. However, the mortal remains of two of the six Naga national workers whose villages are situated beyond the Indian border of Myanmar could not be taken to their respective homes due to various reasons. 

NSCN expresses its special gratitude to the Naga Hoho (NH) and Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) that tirelessly explored every means as they displayed the fatherly and motherly figure and did whatever is possible within and beyond to bring home the mortal remains of the Naga martyrs from a very remote terrain under difficult circumstances. We are indebted to the Tangkhul Union Dimapur (TUD) members and other relatives of the deceases who went all the way to Dibrugarh in Assam to process the final formality to bring home the mortal remains of the five out of the six Naga Army personnel. 

We are equally grateful to the Wancho Nagas (Wancho Council), Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF), Longding district administration and Dibrugarh Hospital authority that extended help and cooperation in their respective capacities. 

NSCN is thankful to the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) and others too for showing solidarity and love to the Naga martyrs and having warmly received their mortal remains at Dimapur, Nagaland while passing by. 

NSCN is grateful to the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) too for permitting the decent burial of two of the Naga martyrs at the Naga Council Cemetery in Dimapur since their mortal remains could not be taken to their respective villages. We are thankful to the anonymous well-wisher who fully borne the expenses of the graveyards of the two martyrs. 

We are also thankful to the GoI’s Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) Chairman for giving clearance to facilitate smooth transportation of the martyrs’ bodies. This was done despite facing many difficulties and limitations. 

We acknowledge the role played by the United Naga Council (UNC), Naga Women Union (NWU), All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and Mao Council for the trouble taken to arrange a grand reception and a joint condolence service for the six Naga national workers in Ukhrul on 17th July, 2020. 

We thank the state governments of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur for having extended co-operation and understanding. We express our appreciation and gratitude to the administration of these three states. 

NSCN appreciates the condolence message delivered by the Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on the death of the six Naga Army personnel: “We may be divided by nomenclatures, ideologies and political beliefs but we are all Nagas by blood, sharing same history, political right and one future. WC is deeply hurt by the slaughter of six Naga youth.” 

We acknowledge the Tangkhul Naga professionals living in cities and elsewhere who gathered donations within themselves and distributed INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each to the six families of the departed young Naga Army personnel. Such a manner of patriotic contribution is highly appreciated and valued. 

Short of mentioning by names, there are many agencies, friends and well-wishers who also played a very effective and vital role throughout. We thank them and appreciate their human concern. 

We cannot forget all those who came forward and contributed financially, shed tears and prayed, pouring in words of condolences and showing the spirit of love and respect to the six Naga martyrs. 

Ironically, it took five (5) days to bring home the mortal remains because many unseen forces were at work not to allow our martyred soldiers’ bodies to reach their homes, but for the thundering spirit of our togetherness to bring home our heroes led by the Naga Hoho and Naga Mothers’ Association despite all the odds against them, we ultimately succeeded. 




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