NSCN (IM) on August 20 shooting incident
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 21 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) has accused Defense Kilonser and Supervisor UT Dimapur of NSCN (R), Khekato Kinny of being involved in the murder of Lieutenant Col Toishe Yeptho of Naga Army on August 16 at Unity Colony, Purana Bazaar-B Dimapur.
In this connection, an MIP release stated the NSCN (IM) members led by Col Khehoto went to Khekato’s residence to inquire and asserted that there was “no order to shoot Khekato.”
According to the NSCN (IM), “guilty conscience took control of Khekato who directed his boys not to entertain Col Khehoto into his house and in panic started firing from behind the gate forcing our boys to retaliate.” The NSCN (IM) also maintained that during investigation, it got hold of one of his men who spilled out that Khekato’s hand involved in the murder of Lt Col Toishe. However, the NSCN (IM) said it was not in their “mission to kill Khekato.” The NSCN (IM), however said that it would leave no stone unturned to take the case to its logical conclusion.
NSCN (R) Kilonser clarifies
Defense Kilonser and Supervisor UT1 of the NSCN (R), Khekato Kinny has clarified that he was in no way involved in the August 16 incident where one Major Toishe of the NSCN (IM) was killed.
An MIP release issued by the NSCN (R) quoting Khekato termed it unfortunate that the blame has been directed towards him, which as a result, “made NSCN (IM) attack me and my family on August 20…”
It also clarified that one of the arrested suspect, one Major Vishiho, was in no way from the NSCN (R).
The Defense Minister also appealed to the wisdom of the NSCN(IM) as a “matured organization, to produce facts, proof and evidence that I was involved, and simply not through hearsay and suspicions,” while reiterating the NSCN (R) have nothing to do with it.