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IM vows to award 'severest' punishment
Source: The Sangai Express/ NNN

Dimapur, February 25 2009: The NSCN-IM authority while vowing to award the outfit's 'Lieut Col' H Ningshen with the "severest" form of punishment soon after necessary proceedings of the outfit's army, has said that the verdict is already quite obvious.

The NSCN-IM has also assured that there is no question of running away from 'the verdict of the law to save anybody'.

Issuing this statement to Newmai News Network tonight in Dimapur through the outfit's ministry of information and publicity (MIP), the NSCN-IM said that killing of the Kasom Khullen SDO and his two staff members by one 'Lt Colonel' H Ningshen is very unfortunate and shocking.

"More shocking was the inhuman manner of the killing.

After Lt Col H Ningshen owned up to the murder, done with the motive as dictated by his own conscience and remotely connected with NSCN official directive, the ground reality is being handled in the manner it deserves.

The law is there to deal with such ruffian-like elements in the organization and NSCN will allow the Naga Army rules and regulations to follow its own course," the outfit stated.

Affirming to deliver justice at any cost the NSCN-IM said, "There is no question of running away from the verdict of the law to save anybody.

There will be no pretention and there will be no lapses in delivering justice.

It is however, to be made very clear that while NSCN authority will soon be taking the severest action on the disgraced Naga Army officer forced upon by the gravity of the crime, it is not done under pressure from any angle whatsoever".

The statement then said that the NSCN-IM has its own law and the verdict is already quite obvious.

"NSCN will, with clear conscience abide by the decision of the National Security Council.

But to leave no stone unturned, a high level enquiry committee has been constituted with reports to be submitted on or before March 4.No matter how big is the crime, it is committed outside the purview of the NSCN authority, and by the wayward Naga Army officer.

And while the sword of Damocles is hanging above his head such aberration should not be over exploited and carried too far to affect the whole structure of peace process.

Certain elements or groups are desperately trying to use the situation with anti-peace and anti-communal harmony," pointed out the statement while adding, "This will go against the overall interest of widening the peace process in the region.

Therefore, ill-motivated reaction to the situation should be cautiously dealt with".

The NSCN-IM also stated that under any circumstances, the hard earned Indo-Naga peace talks should not be undermined by generating confusing interpretation of Indo-Naga ceasefire, and the 'designated camps'.

"Ceasefire means to stop fighting and to stop fighting honorable steps are of extreme necessity.

And here comes the question of establishing 'designated camp'.

There is no another interpretation to this.

To campaign against NSCN to be grouped as the terrorist organization by some political parties is not politically nice and communally dangerous too.

It will also go against the historical identity of the Nagas struggle for an honorable solution.

One such act of aberration does not make an organization a terrorist.

Black-sheep abound any organization.

But when black-sheep are cleaned out the organizations political stature should not be targeted with demeaning orchestration.

All said and done, if the Government of India succumbs to the high tension emotion over the killing of Kasom Khullen SDO, it will simply go towards becoming victims of dirty politics to undermine the core issue of the Indo-Naga political peace process, the collapse that will have widespread socio-political and military ramifications," the NSCN-IM statement explained.


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