Dimapur, July 13: The NSCN (IM) has expressed shock at the tragic incident in Nginu in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh (Wancho Region under Nagalim) where 6 cadres were gunned down by the combined forces of Assam Rifles, Indian Army and Arunachal Pradesh state police forces on July 11 “in total contravention of the existing Indo-Naga ceasefire.
In recognition of the selfless services rendered towards the cause of the Naga nation and as a mark of tribute to the departed Naga national workers, the office of the Adjutant General of the Naga Army has posthumously promoted the six Naga Army personnel to their next higher rank–Lieutenant (Posthumous) Somaya Shatsang; 2nd Lieutenant (Posthumous) Ashak Wangsa; Sergeant Major (Posthumous) Somipam Shaiza; Sergeant major (Posthumous) Sawang Pansa; Corporal (Posthumous) Lentsuba Lalii and Corporal (Posthumous) Paogouhao Lhangum.
In a press release, the NSCN (IM) said precious lives of these promising young soldiers may have been cut short in their prime time, but they have indeed gained martyrdom in this cruel death while in the line of national duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom and their names have been recorded in the annals of Naga’s struggle for independence, it added.
Paying homage to the departed comrades, the NSCN and Naga Army said the vacuum created by their loss would be difficult to fill in, but the legacy of supreme love bequeathed by them would continue to inspire the generations to come and they would always be remembered.
The NSCN (IM) also expressed heartfelt condolences and shared the grief with the bereaved families and prayed that Almighty God give them strength and solace to overcome the tragedy.
Meanwhile, the Wancho Region has expressed grief at the loss of its soldiers on July 11 last.
In a press release, Wanham Wangsa, CAO Wancho Region, NSCN/GPRN stated, “We are at loss of words when we the national workers of Wancho Region and the GPRN adhered and respected the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the GoI and NSCN since 1997 till date in addition to recognition of political and historical rights of the Naga movement after the historic signing of the Framework Agreement on the 3rd August,, 2015.”
Despite the lifting of the ban on NSCN and the signing of the Framework Agreement, the NSCN members are still termed as ‘terrorists’, which is highly outrageous, he stated.
Stating that the names of the martyred soldiers would be forever imprinted in the annals of the Naga history for having fought bravely for their motherland, the Wangcho Region shared the pain and sorrow over the huge loss and conveyed condolences with a heavy heart to the family members, friends and relatives of the fallen comrades. (Page News Service)