Kohima, March 06 (NEx): The claim of NSCN (IM) that it was not responsible for the brutal killing of Jomie Konyak, an active cadre of NSCN (K2) on February 28, 2021 on the outskirts of Chatung Village, Longding District is baseless and involves hiding & misrepresention of actual facts, the PRO (Defence) Kohima said in a rebuttal today.
The PRO said that it was revealed by locals to Arunachal Police that around 14:30 hours on February 28, 2021, dead body of an individual identified as SS (Pvt) Jomie 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, it said.
Further investigations revealed that at 15:30 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 Jomie Konyak, they observed few NSCN(IM) cadres. When they tried to escape, Jomie was caught by the NSCN (IM) cadres, the security forces stated.
The statement said that evidence reveals that SS (Pvt) Jomie 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, it said.
Also, the security forces said that 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 June 2018, the ambush on Assam Rifles column in Sanliam, South Arunachal Pradesh on October 21, 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.
The PRO also stated, “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”.
Earlier, NSCN (IM) through a statement on March 04, 2021 clarified that, NSCN is not involved in any factional fighting in Longding district.
‘We have nothing to do with Jomie Konyak’s killing. We suspect that certain forces are putting the blame on NSCN to tarnish its image in the eyes of the Naga people as most often done by the Assam Rifles (AR) in the course of its smear campaign against NSCN,’ stated the clarification.