The claim of NSCN (IM) that it was not responsible for the brutal killing of Jomie Konyak, an active cadre of NSCN (K2) on 28 Feb 21 on the outskirts of Chatung Village of Longding District is baseless and involves hiding & misrepresention of actual facts.
It was revealed by locals to Arunachal Police that around 1430 hours on 28 Feb 21, dead body of an individual identified as SS (Pvt) Jonie Konyak, resident of Mon District was found by an old man of Chatung Village. The body was found blind folded, tied to a tree and had injury marks depicting torture before being shot.
Further investigations revealed that at 1530 hours on the same day, SS Sgt Wanglem Wangsu, who had earlier defected from NSCN(IM) to NSCN (K2) in 2019, had stated in Chatung that while resting in a hut near Tisa River with Jonie Konyak, they observed few NSCN(IM) cadres. When they tried to escape, Jonie was caught by the NSCN (IM) cadres.
Evidence reveals that SS (Pvt) Jonie Konyak then underwent severe torture by NSCN (IM) before being shot dead. Inputs from locals indicate that SS (Sgt Maj) Wangnai of NSCN(IM) was likely involved in this killing.
NSCN (IM) has been repeatedly refuting their immoral acts, as was the case in the killing of Mr Tirong Aboh, MLA from Tirap and 10 locals in Jun 2018, the ambush on a Assam Rifles column in Sanliam, South Arunachal Pradesh on 21 Oct 2020, beating a peace-loving citizen on a peaceful march with Indian & Naga flag and abduction and torture of a social activist of Manipur for filing an RTI application against misappropriation of funds.
NSCN (IM) hierarchy must take ownership of the entire incident and refrain from diversionary tactics by targeting Assam Rifles with an objective of fending off immoral acts of their cadres. Assam Rifles being the sentinels of the North East will continue to look after the best interest of the region and locals.
Lt Col Sumit K Sharma
PRO (Def) Kohima
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