Security forces reject NSCN (I-M) cadre killing disclaim     

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HT Correspondent

Dimapur, March 6: Security forces refuted the claim of NSCN (I-M) that it was not responsible for the “brutal killing” of NSCN (KK) cadres Jomie Konyak on the outskirts of Chatung village of Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh on February 28. They termed the outfit’s claim as baseless and hiding and misrepresentation of actual facts.

Public relations officer (Defence) Lt Col Sumit K Sharma, in a release, today said locals revealed to Arunachal police at around 2.30 pm on February 28 that body of a person identified as “self-styled” Pvt. Jonie Konyak, a resident of Mon district of Nagaland, was found by an old man of Chatung village.  The body was found blindfolded, tied to a tree and had injury marks depicting torture before being shot, it was stated.

The release said as per investigations, “self-styled” Sgt. Wanglem Wangsu, who had earlier defected from NSCN (IM) to NSCN (KK) in 2019, had stated at Chatung at around 3.30 pm on the same day that while resting in a hut near Tisa river with Konyak, they observed a few NSCN (IM) cadres. When they tried to escape, Konyak was caught by the NSCN (IM) cadres, he said.

Quoting evidence, the security forces said Konyak then underwent severe torture by the NSCN (I-M) before being shot dead. Inputs from locals indicated that “self-styled” Sgt. Maj Wangnai of NSCN (I-M) was likely involved in this killing, the release stated.

It alleged that the NSCN (I-M) has been repeatedly refuting their “immoral acts”, as was the case in the killing of MLA from Tirap district Tirong Aboh and 10 locals in June 2018, the ambush on an Assam Rifles column in Sanliam, south Arunachal Pradesh, on October 21, 2020, beating a peace-loving citizen on a peaceful march with Indian and Naga flag and abduction and torture of a social activist of Manipur for filing an RTI application against misappropriation of funds.

The security forces said the NSCN (IM) hierarchy must take ownership of the entire incident and refrain from diversionary tactics by targeting the Assam Rifles to fend off immoral acts of their cadres.

They said the Assam Rifles being the sentinels of the North East will continue to look after the best interest of the region and locals.

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