UZYF reacts to WSYF statement

DIMAPUR, APR 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/20/2021 12:39:08 PM IST

United Zeliangrong Youth Front (UZYF) in a rejoinder, said the call of Western Sumi Youth Front(WSYF) “in the guise of demand for release of 4 arrested persons by SIT” was a “disturbing and subtle call for violence.”

UZYF said the WSYF appeared “totally confused” over the matter vis-à-vis “all illegal villages set up in the land of Lamhai villages” when it (WSYF) did not envisage “interference in the due process of law” and on the other hand, demanding release of all those suspects arrested by the SIT for the March 22 incident. 

UZYF wondered what is to become of a state which proudly proclaims as a Christian state “if individuals holding power and civil society organisations started to demand and give ultimatum to the government” to release offenders ? Instead of helping authorities to nab culprits, the demand of the WSYF was most uncalled for, said UZYF. 

It appealed to the SIT and the state government not to cower down to illogical demands but rather set a strong and exemplary precedent for criminals and murderers by delivering justice as deemed fit.

Regardless of the days or months, UZYF said if the investigating agencies felt the need to keep the suspects behind bars, to unearth the true identity of all those involved in the March 22 killing, it should be left to their wisdom and that no individual or group should even feel the need to demand for their release without knowing the progress of investigation.

With regard to the statement “initiate summoning all its resources”, UZYF said they undoubtedly understood what it meant and said that they should not “expect us to bow our heads and give up what was and is and will be rightfully ours.” UZYF said they were “not living in an age where might is right but in 21st century where people are civilised and there is order in the society.”

UZYF rather urged WSYF that if it really desired justice and peace, then it should “cooperate and help the investigating team unearth the culprits before deploying all kinds of pressure tactics on the government machineries involved in the investigation.”

UZYF also said lending support to the IRB commander, who failed to act right under his nose, was also most appalling. It termed the inability of IRB to act as tantamount to dereliction of duty and the plea that the officer did not obtain “order from higher authority” to act spoke volumes of the incapability to make use of common sense and hence was not fit to be in the line of duty.

UZYF also said despite repeated request to the commander and IRB jawans to even open blank fire as deterrent, it alleged that they failed to act and only watched as the villagers were shot at point blank and burnt.

The UZYF said logical reasoning itself would suffice to say that all the villages established without knowledge and consent of the landowners under Peren district were illegal and that it also strongly supported complete eviction of the “illegal villages”.

Declaring that the issue of murder of innocents should not be confused with district boundary issue, UZYF asked WSYF not to confuse itself, nor the Nagas as everyone was witness to the horrific incident. It insisted that justice should prevail in the land for safety and security in “one’s own land”. 


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