Kohima, July 9: In the aftermath of the state government tendering public apology on the May 26 Tuensang fiasco, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) will be taking a final call on Friday.
On being contacted, ENPO president, Kekongchim Yimchungrü confirmed that they did receive the apology tendered by the government through Minister for Health & Family Welfare on Wednesday, but they are yet to arrive at a final decision.
Nonetheless, he informed that the ENPO officials will have a meeting on Friday at 9 a.m. in its Treasurer’s residence at Sovima village, Dimapur to deliberate on the apology of the government before coming at any final conclusion.
It may be mentioned here that on May 26 last, one Chennai returnee quarantined in Kohima, whose sample test result was awaited, was sent along with more than 150 others to Tuensang for facility quarantine.
Since then ENPO has been demanding for action against officials involved in sending the returnee to Tuensang without waiting for test result and also asked for setting up of BSL laboratory for testing COVID-19 suspects.
The government had swiftly relieved the then Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Menukhol John and also constituted a three-member Judicial Inquiry Committee to investigate into the lapses in sending the returnees.
The JIC did submit its report while the government without making the report public only appealed ENPO to forgive each other on the issue.
The ENPO on Tuesday, following a joint consultative meeting with six tribal bodies and frontal organizations, had declared that the house unanimously resolved to forgive the state government over Tuensang fiasco provided public apology was tendered within three days. (Page News Service)