Kohima, Aug 18 : Several civil societies and organisations have condemned the killing of a senior NSCN (I-M) functionary, ‘major’ Toishe Yeptho, by unidentified masked gunmen in Dimapur on Friday.
In a release issued by the Ministry of Information and Publicity of the NSCN (I-M) said Nagas in general and the organisation in particular were shocked at the dastardly act of killing Maj. Toishe Yeptho when Nagas were “still in upbeat mood having just celebrated the ‘73rd Naga Independence Day across Nagalim”.
“Such a manner of cowardice by the killers is condemned in the strongest term by NSCN,” MIP stated, adding that “wicked are the enemies when they choose to strike at the time when the Nagas were at the threshold of making a deal with the Government of India to end the seven decades of Naga political struggle.”
The Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has highly condemned the killing and said that whoever was responsible for “such kind of abominable act” should be condemned by all and severely punished.
The CNTC through its media cell stated that such type of “horrendous act” upon one’s own brothers brings only doom and curse to the society. At a time when every Naga was craving for peace, CNTC said “such inhumane killing of a person who was a son, a husband and a father sows only seeds of hatred and bitterness amongst ourselves”.
The CNTC maintained that it was time the Nagas “shed the practice of killing and annihilating in our midst and stand united for peace, progress and prosperity in our land.”
Further, CNTC demanded that the authorities properly investigate the matter and bring those responsible to justice. It also appealed to for every group and faction to maintain peace and harmony.
Expressing “utmost resentment and shock” at the gruesome murder of ‘major’ Toishe, the Nagaland Gaon Burhas Federation (NGBF) has denounced “such cowardly act of killing in cold blood that too in front of family members”.
In a press release, NGBF president Shahlem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu termed as “unfortunate” that such heinous crime could be carried out at this juncture when all responsible were appealing for maintaining peace and harmony as Naga political issue was at crossroads.
The NGBF also stated that “such attempt could be considered as an act of betrayal” aimed at jeopardising and derailing the peace process. The federation has urged the concerned authorities to investigate thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to book immediately.
Meanwhile, all the organisations have conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family and prayed "the Almighty God gives the family members strength and courage to face these hours of heavy burden". (UNI)