May 2 shooting: Sumi leaders meet “NSCN/GPRN”

Dimapur, May 11 (MExN): Sumi frontal organizations and the “NSCN/GPRN” today held a crucial meeting at Kehoi and have reached a ‘compromise’ over the May 2 “mistaken identity” shooting where two Sumi students’ leaders were shot. It was informed that the two cadres responsible for the shooting would not be handed over to the state government, but would be ‘discharged’ from the organization. 

An All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) official, on condition of anonymity, informed that around 50 representatives from various Sumi frontal organizations like the Sumi Hoho, Sumi Totimi Hoho and the SKK, held a meeting at Tourist Lodge. The meeting at Tourist Lodge however, did not pass any resolution. Instead, the meeting resolved to go to the Kehoi camp and directly meet its leaders. Several “NSCN/GPRN” leaders including kilo kilonser Azheto Chophy and other senior leaders were present at the meeting at Kehoi. 

The SKK official informed that the Sumi organizations initially demanded that the “NSCN/GPRN” should hand over the culprits involved in the shooting to the state authority. However the “NSCN/GPRN” reportedly refused to this demand but agreed to ‘discharge’ the cadres involved in the shooting. “They said that since they are also a ‘government’ they cannot hand over the culprits to another government,” the SKK official said. 

When contacted, a “NSCN/GPRN” functionary holding a post in the publicity cell confirmed that the two cadres involved in the shooting have been discharged. He informed that the two were detained after the May 2 incident. About today’s meeting with the Sumi leaders, the functionary informed it to be ‘very cordial’ and that both sides ‘listened to each other’. He expressed hope that with today’s meeting the issue over the whole shooting incident would come to an end. “I believe it will be settled,” he said.

Meanwhile, the functionary informed that a press conference will be held jointly by the Sumi frontal leaders and the “NSCN/GPRN” at Kehoi at 12 AM on May 12 with regard to the May 2 shooting.