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Killing of 6 NSCN (IM) cadres by SF is a ‘war crime’: WC NNPGs

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Dimapur, July 20: The Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has slammed what it alleged “the brutal killing” of six NSCN (IM) cadres by the Indian Army in Arunachal Pradesh, terming it as “a perversion of military code of conduct in a conflict situation.”
“The plan was to take no prisoners and kill at any cost. The gallant men were murdered in cold blood. The Indian Army has, by the very act, transgressed ethical and moral treatment of enemies even though there is ceasefire and political talks,” said a statement issued by the media cell, WC NNPGs.
“The latest inhuman killing has hurt every Naga worth his salt. The sadistic behaviour of Indian army is a war crime. The young men were slaughtered and their dead bodies were not treated with respect,” it alleged.
The WC NNPGs reminded that on March 24, 1956, at Satakha under Sumi Region, 78 Indian Army personnel were captured by Naga freedom fighters and not one was harmed although it was in the middle of armed conflict. “Though deserving death by hail of bullets and grenade explosions, Indian soldiers were taken prisoners and later reached their homes and loved ones safely. Only their arms were taken. Again, in 1960, Indian Dakota cargo plane was shot down at Phor Village in Pochury Region. All nine crew members were captured by Naga Army and lives spared. They too reached home safely to tell the tale,” it reminded the Indian Army.
Asserting that “we may be divided by nomenclatures, ideologies and political beliefs but all are Nagas by blood, sharing same history, political right and one future,” the WC said it is deeply hurt by the “slaughter of six Naga youth.”
It conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved families, and prayed that the loved ones of the fallen men be comforted by God’s abounding love. (Page News Service)