Nagaland: Lotha community issues a 15-day deadline to NSCN (IM)

Nagaland: Lotha community issues a 15-day deadline to NSCN (IM)

DIMAPUR: Ten organizations of the Lotha community have written to the kilo kilonser, NSCN (IM) to clarify within 15 days (counting from February 27) on the actions of one of its official- secretary in the ministry of internal security of NSCN (IM), who had issued a press release to a local daily on February 15, 2016.

The Lotha organizations include Lotha Hoho, Lotha Students' Union, Lotha Youth Hoho, Lotha Eloe Hoho, Village Councils Chairmen Association, Wokha District Chamber of Commerce & Industries, ACAUT Wokha Unit, Team Metamorphosis, Kohima Lotha Hoho and Dimapur Lotha Hoho.

According to a press statement received here from Lotha Hoho on behalf of all the organizations, the said NSCN (IM) official in the purported press release had warned the Lotha Hoho, which has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the rules and regulations of the Nagaland State government on Petroleum & Natural Gas.

He is also alleged to have disclosed that the NSCN (IM) has identified 25 Lotha intellectuals as 'troublemakers' and would initiate action against them.

The statement made by the NSCN official was made at the LLRPO meeting at Bhandari on February 12, which the Lotha organizations said, has been confirmed through people who attended the meeting.

Taking cognizance, the Lotha organizations said it had, on behalf of the Lotha people, met the kilo kilonser on February 27 and submitted an ultimatum. It asked the kilo kilonser to give a written clarification giving the detailed list of the alleged twenty five Lotha intellectual troublemakers and the reason(s), as to why the NSCN (IM) have made these Lotha intellectuals as troublemakers.

The Lotha organisations also warned that "if any untoward misadventure happens to any Lotha individual, the NSCN (IM) would be held responsible."

The kilo kilonser, on the other hand, apprised the Lotha representatives, who met him that he had no knowledge of such an action plan. He also said the group had no such intention as alleged. A thorough enquiry on the matter and appropriate action would be initiated, he further assured.

In this connection, the Lotha organisations have called for support and cooperation of all right-thinking Naga individuals and organisations in their stand for justice.

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