3 killed in factional clash along Nagaland-Arunachal border

3 killed in factional clash along  Nagaland-Arunachal border

FNR appeals for peace and reconciliation

Kohima, June 1: Three persons were killed along Nagaland-Arunachal Pradesh border during the clash between the NSCN factions.
According to sources two cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Unification) and a civilian were gunned down yesterday by rival NSCN (Isak-Muivah) at Old Banidoria village in Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Mon district in Nagaland.
The killed cadres have been identified as Rangjong Nocte from AP and Manwang Konyak from Mon.
NSCN (U) source said their cadres were attacked by rival faction yesterday at around 7.30 a.m..
NSCN (IM) source said they had clash with the rival cadres. .
Meanwhile, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has expressed concern at the factional violence, between NSCN (IM) and the GPRN/NSCN, which took place on May 31 somewhere between Namsang and Sipini villages, under Deomali jurisdiction in Tirap District.
“We are devastated by the loss of human lives and injuries in the aftermath of this violence,” the FNR stated.
It said at a time when Nagas are reasoning together and seeking ways to strengthen the Naga Reconciliation process, the factional violence in Deomali undermines the Naga yearning for reconciliation, understanding and harmony.
Such acts of armed violence contradict the commitment and principles of the Covenant of Reconciliation that calls for ending all factional violence, especially armed violence, it said.
The FNR called upon the leaders of both the groups involved in this particular incident to intervene and stop this factional violence.
Stating that further violence should not be allowed to spiral out of this incident, the FNR appealed for restraint and urged the two sides to address the issues which caused this violent confrontation by using dialogue and peaceful means.
The FNR made a clarion call to all the Naga Political Groups to remain vigilant and to refrain from all forms of armed violence and media-war.
“We implore you to listen to the voices of the Naga people to respect and uphold the Covenant of Reconciliation,” it said adding, “during this difficult time the FNR stands in solidarity with our fellow Nagas in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.”
The Naga Mothers’ Association has conveyed its serious concern and deep grief at the violence and killing between the NSCN IM and the GPRN/NSCN (U) in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh
At this most crucial time when all Nagas seek peace and a resolution to Naga Issue, the Naga Mothers appealed for the spirit of brotherhood and forgiveness, respect for human life amongst brothers in the different Naga Political Groups.
It appealed to the top leaders of these organizations to take cognizance of the appeal made by Naga mothers to shed no more blood .
NMA prayed that the Almighty God grants eternal rest to the departed souls and solace to the bereaved families and that the merciful God forgive and bring brothers together in true reconciliation and peace for the Naga future.
(Page News Service)