Dimapur, August 18 (MExN): The Naga Hoho (NH), Naga Tribal Council (NTC) and Dimapur District GBs Association (DDGBA) have condemned the alleged “assassination” of Major Toishe Yeptho of NSCN-IM. Late Toishe was shot dead allegedly by an unidentified masked gunman in his residence, in the presence of his family on August 16 at Unity colony, Purana bazaar.
The Naga Hoho (NH), in a press release issued by its Communication Cell, “strongly” condemned the act of the masked “assailants.”
“All forms of killings in the form of personal rivalry or factional, is not at all expected by the people at this crucial moment when the Nagas are searching for peace and political settlement,” it stated.
The NH further appealed to all the Naga National groups not to allow escalation of another “nightmare” through such occurrence.
“As the Naga political scenario becomes fluid where confusion and differences of ideologies are looming in the minds of our people, every sensible citizens needs to be vigilant as there would be elements to bring unrest and disunity among the Nagas,” it cautioned.
The NH also conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to God to grant solace at their moment of grief and sorrow.
Meanwhile, the NTC in a press release issued by its President Toniho Yepthomi and its General Secretary Nribemo Ngullie expressed shock over the “brutal” and “coldblooded assassination.”
The Council condemns the action of the “assassin” in the highest term, it stated.
“Taking the law in one’s hand and killing a fellow brother without reservation is cowardly act,” it said.
“Peace is seemingly dawning but the ghastly killing of the son of the soil disturbs the peaceful atmosphere and tranquility of the land,” it added.
The NTC further urged upon the Law enforcing agencies to take up the case with all seriousness and at all cost and bring the culprit to book, “so that the hard earned peaceful atmosphere of the land is restored.”
The Council also conveyed its sincere condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to God to grant them courage to withstand in this time of grief and sadness.
Meanwhile, in a press release issued by its President Khehovi V chophi and Secretary for Public & Information R Chankgkum , the DDGBA stated that the Association “vehemently” condemned the killing of Late Toishe.
It urged all sensible Naga Public to join the chorus of condemnation and also entreated the competent authority(s) to book the perpetrator(s) at the earliest and bring them to justice.
DDGBA further held that whatever be the reason(s) behind it does not justify the killing.
It further stated that shooting and taking away a person’s life in front of his loved ones, leaving behind a “traumatized” and wailing widow and orphaned children is too “unbecoming” of a civilized world.
“And also when talks are going on with the Government of India, such actions does not bode well for the Nagas,” it added.
The DDGBA also prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace and also invoked God's love to provide solace for the family members.