NTC condemns May 31 incident

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Dimapur, June 3: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has condemned the recent incident of shooting down two cadres of GPRN/NSCN(U) and a civilian in Arunachal Pradesh by the NSCN (IM).
“After years of destructive conflicts amongst the Nagas much to the delight of the adversaries, the Nagas have been enjoying relative peace during the last few years without bloodshed. Therefore, the recent killing of three precious lives and injury caused on the other two is a grim reminder of our bitter past of how our political groups gave its best to finish each other through game of violence. The very incident poses threat as it would be the possible spark for resumption of similar conflict should it not be contained as required,” it said in a statement.
“The intent of the aggressor is doubtful as the incident is double edged. Besides losing lives, it has endangered the prevailing peaceful atmosphere including the ongoing process of negotiation which is in progress,” it said, adding it condemns the barbaric action of the aggressor “who threw the first stone” in total disregard of the popular desire of the Nagas for peace and peaceful coexistence.
The NTC also appealed to the aggrieved party to have tolerance and maturity for the sake of the ongoing political negotiation which may attain logical result if smooth passage is paved. Asking Nagas to realize that allowing any cowardice element to sabotage the progressive talk will produce only history of regrets, the NTC appealed to Naga public to stand as one behind those who are in pursuit of political solution and not to be swayed by pro-conflict elements.
(Page News Service)