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Drug peddler kills TASU leader; uneasy calm in Tizit

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, MAY 25: The Action Committee chairman of Tizit Area Students Union (TASU) Ahoa Konyak was hacked to death by a drug peddler in Tizit, Mon district today.
The accused has been identified as Meshan Konyak, son of Kapnyei.
The incident took place around 8 a.m. when TASU officials, upon being informed about the sale of illicit drugs by the accused, undertook inspection at his residence in Pentom Colony of Tizit town.
During the intense raid of his residence, the accused reportedly stabbed the victim with a dao.
Sources said that the accused surrendered before the police in Tizit and he has been taken into custody.
Following the killing, the angry mob torched the house of the accused.
Confirming the report, a police official in Tizit said that they received the information around 9:30 a.m. that a team of TASU, led by Konyak, while conducting surprise checking for drugs in a suspected house was attacked by the house owner with a machete killing him on the spot.
Following the killing, an unwarranted situation erupted but it has been brought under control, police said, adding that even the necessary post-mortem was delayed. However, the situation has been brought under control, source said.
Meanwhile, TASU, in a circular, asked all the general public of Tizit jurisdiction to shutter-down for 24 hours till Friday to mourn the brutal killing of its Action Committee chairman while he was on official duty.
TASU president Yanphong Konyak and general secretary Nokmao Konyak said that the Union is compelled to impose such restrictions for the greater safety of the general public.
Thorough investigation on the entire incident is in progress, police said.
TASU source said that the funeral service of the victim will held tomorrow.
Minister Paiwang Konyak condemns:
Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare, P Paiwang Konyak while expressing shock and pain over the tragic death of Ahoa Konyak strongly condemned the ‘gruesome act’ and urged the law enforcing agencies to conduct an honest investigation and to deliver justice to the victim and his family without delay.
Ahoa Konyak was a young and dedicated leader who stood tall for the welfare of the student community while his commitment, passion and sacrifice for the students’ Union will never be forgotten.
In his demise, the Minister said Tizit area students in particular and Konyak in general have lost a devoted leader and the vacuum created will be difficult to be filled.
He also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that they have the courage to cope with this tragedy.
NSF Condemns:
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has expressed deep anguish at the gruesome murder of Ahoa Konyak by a drug peddler.
The Federation condemned the inhumane action which has cost the life of a student leader while on official duty to check the menace of drug trafficking in the area, NSF president Kegwayhun Tep said in a release.
The Federation demanded that befitting punishment be awarded to the culprit and that the concerned authority immediately set up all measures to curb the inflow of drugs and other illegal substances which is corroding the morale of the youths and Naga society at present.
The Federation also conveyed deepest condolence to the bereaved family members of the “dear departed leader and further, extended its solidarity to the TASU in its noble crusade against social antagonism and other anti-social elements”.
The NSF prayed that the soul of the departed leader rest in eternal peace.
Konyak Students’ Union condemn
The Konyak Students’ Union is utterly shocked and disturbed over the report of a horrific incident that took place at Tizit Town Pentom ward where Ahoa Konyak was brutally murdered by Menshan Konyak, son of Kapnyei.
The unfortunate incident took place around 8 a.m. when TASU officials, upon being informed about the sale of illicit drugs by the accused, consequently undertook inspection at his residence.
During an intense inquiry the intimidated culprit allegedly struck the victim with a machete resulting in his spot death, KSU president T Noklem Konyak and general secretary A Pangnan said.
One of the burning issues and widely discussed at all levels of authority among civil societies as well as Government is the grave menace of alcohol and drug abuse particularly in Mon and Nagaland in general.
Consistently, it has been a prime agenda of KSU to annihilate the scourge of illicit drug usage and substances in the district.
Based on KSU’s resolution, inspections are conducted periodically, they said, adding that as a student body the Union possesses no sufficient resources, manpower and legal assistance to achieve the desired goal.
Lamenting that much of the measures undertaken by the Government related to drug prohibition have remained a dead policy till date, the KSU said that today’s incident is a wake-up call for the Konyak community and the Union will be compelled to act on its own volition if the Government remains adamant. The Government will be held solely responsible for any untoward consequences, they said.
The Union, while strongly condemning the inhuman act, appealed to the law enforcing agency to penalize the culprit as per the law and deliver justice for the innocent deceased at the earliest.
(Page News Service)