Security forces, Naga factions urged to refrain from hostilities

Dimapur, September 13 (MExN): Khiamniungan Tribal Council (KTC), Old Pangsha Village Council, and New Pangsha Village Council today condemned the firing incident at International Trade Centre (ITC) Dan, Pangsha under Noklak subdivision of Tuensang district on September 11. NSCN (K) cadres and troops of 15 Assam Rifles allegedly exchanged fire at the ITC Dan.


In a joint statement, Old Pangsha Village Council and New Pangsha Village Council stated that during the incident, an explosive bomb blasted inside a civilian’s residence, where three children were cooking. “The stray bullets also hit the Straightway School Hostel creating tension and fear psyche to the school children and residents of the locality which is a vehement act condemnable by one and all,” maintained the statement from L. Thango, chairman, Old Pangsha Village Council and P. Shingnyu, chairman, New Pangsha Village Council. The Pangsha public appeal to all the factions and security forces to refrain from such act so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the region, it added.


Meanwhile, KTC in a statement issued by its executive chairman, T Pamoi and president, L Ngon said it is saddened to witness such “merciless action for creating a fear psychosis to the denizens.” Stating that Khiamniungans are peace loving citizens, KTC asserted there is no space for bloodshed and war in its jurisdiction.


The council also expressed sadness to witness the random shelling on innocent public’s residence resulting in damage of properties. The children who were present at the time of the incident miraculously survived, it pointed out.


In light of the incident, KTC appealed to both the Indian Army and the Naga nationalists to refrain from creating such untoward incidents in the public domain as it disturbs not only the minds of the people but also the regular activities of the villagers.


It further appealed to maintain peace in the entire Naga areas upholding the ENPO Peace Zone resolution dated December 18, 2007 and to respect the sentiments of the general public and avoid hostilities in the near future.