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UZYF Opposes Sumi Youth Demand for Release of 4 Arrested Persons by SIT

UZYF Opposes Sumi Youth Demand for Release of 4 Arrested Persons by SIT

Kohima, April 21 (NEx): The United Zeliangrong Youth Front (UZYF) in it’s statement on Tuesday said that it is drawn to the disturbing and subtle call for violence by the Western Sumi Youth Front (WSYF) in the guise of demand for release of 4 arrested persons by the SIT.

The UZYF said that Sumi Youth seems totally confused, as to what is to become of all the illegal villages set up in the land of Lamhai Village, and this is evident by the fact that while on one hand they say they do not “envisage to interfere in due process of law” and on the other, they are hell bent on their demand for release of the suspected ringleaders of the 22nd March Massacre.

It questioned that if individuals holding power and civil society organisations start to demand and give ultimatum to the government in support of suspected criminals and murderers, what is to become of a State which so proudly proclaims itself as a Christian
State?

“We expect some sanity and humanity from our Naga brethren in the midst
of chaos created by land encroachers and anti-social elements under the
patronage of gun wielding goons, who have no qualms of torturing and
mutilating another human before shooting point blank which is no different than the acts perpetrated by the ISIS and other terrorist organisations in the world”.

Now, instead of offering assistance collectively to nab the people behind the
horrific incident, for a youth body to demand release is most uncalled for, the Zeliangrong Youth stated.

It further said that, regardless of the days or months, if the Investigating agency feels the need to keep the suspected murderers behind bars to unearth the true identity of all those involved in the bloodbath, it should be left to their wisdom and no individual or groups should even feel the need to shield those heartless humans by way of demanding for their release without knowing the progress of investigation on the matter in question.

The Zeliangrong youth front said we are not living in an age where might is right but in 21st century where people are civilised and there is order in the society and it asked to not side with suspected criminals and murderers wilfully to serve some vested individual interest. Rather, it said if the WSYF really desire for justice and peace, they should co-operate and help the investigating team to unearth the culprits before deploying all kinds of pressure tactics on the government machineries involved in the investigation.

The UZYF also mentioned that forthright support for the IRB Commander, who failed to act and let the terrorists have a field day murdering and terrorizing poor innocent unsuspecting villagers, right under his nose is also most appalling. The inability to act by the IRB is tantamount to dereliction of duty in the highest degree. The excuse of not obtaining ‘Order from higher authority’ to retaliate or make an effort to desist the unhindered firing of the terrorists, speaks volume of the incapability of the personnel to make use of his common sense and is not fit to be in the line of duty. Despite repeated request to him and his jawans to even open blank fire to deter the rampaging goons, he failed to act and watched as the villagers were shot at point blank and burnt. If this is not a fit case for termination, are we to assume that the State machineries are also hand in gloves with the terrorists? And was there some arrangement between the WSYF and the IRBs posted at the site, that the former is now openly supporting the inaction of the latter?, the UZYF questioned.

The UZYF said it strongly support for complete eviction of the illegal villages just as Inavi village was evicted from Ntanki National Park under Peren District.

It also noted that the unsavoury narrative that the WSYF has been cooking up to rally support and sympathy of other Naga tribes by portraying that the lands of the Zeliangrongs under Peren District is being overwhelmed by the people of Manipur. In the years gone by, it was claimed that the Sumi villages under Peren District were established in ‘No Man’s Land’ however when that narrative failed to hold any water, it is now being changed to Peren District being home to people from Manipur. Also, it may be made amply clear that the issue of murder of innocents should not be confused with district boundary issue and the Youth organisation should not confuse itself nor try to confuse the Nagas, it said.

Mentioning that everyone is witness to the horrific murder and justice should prevail in our land for sense of safety and security in one’s own land, the UZYF appealed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the State government to not cower down to illogical demands but rather set a strong and exemplary precedent for criminals and murderers in our land by delivering justice as deemed fit.