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GPRN/NSCN chastises ZU

IMPHAL, Jan 8:Terming as ‘˜extremely unfortunate’, the decision of Zeliangrong Union to go to the media accusing GPRN/NSCN of torturing M Thomas, a resident of Zeliangrong colony, Burma camp, the outfit has asserted that the media release of Zeliangrong Union reflects that the tribal body is merely ruled by emotion and not by reason.

In a statement issued by its MIP, GPRN/NSCN observed that while any constructive criticism/opinion is absolutely necessary for a progressive society, any tribal body, if it truly wishes for a peaceful and harmonious Naga society, must have the courage to chastise its own members if he/she indulges in criminal activity.

The statement said that according to information, M Thomas was a suspect in the abduction of Hariram Gupta on November 24, 2010 and there he was arrested and taken into custody like any other crime suspect for questioning on December 26.

During the course of interrogation, Romio, another suspect, admitted that M Thomas was not involved in the abduction on November 24 but he was the master- mind in another criminal act, that is, hijacking of a Manipur-bound oil tanker days before Hariram Gupta’s abduction. Since GPRN/NSCN was pursuing the abduction case and not the oil tanker hijack case, M Thomas was released after signing a bond agreement, which also has a clause that as and when called, he would report to GPRN authorities, the statement said.

Zeliangrong Union must also understand that when a suspect, who has a criminal background and suspected with potential intent to murder businessman for money, is interrogated, there is no question of luring him with chocolate bars to unearth the truth, the statement said, adding that  there is absolutely no question of GPRN using inhuman torture tactics against M Thomas.

The statement of the GPRN/NSCN further said that Zeliangrong Union has belittled itself by going to the media without ascertaining the facts. The sob story of M Thomas appears to have melted the very heart of Zeliangrong Union, completely drowning its practical duties and responsibilities. If they wish so, the Zeliangrong Union could do well to seek an appointment any time, sit down and convey their grievances to the authorities while GPRN would explain them the activities of Thomas in the recent past.

The spate of terminations, discharges and indefinite suspensions given to earring civil and military authorities, depending on the gravity of indiscipline is for all Nagas to see and GPRN/NSCN insists that criminals destroying Naga society and tarnishing the image of Naga national workers shall be dealt with firmly, the statement said, while directing M Thomas to report to the office of secretary, kilo affairs within three days as per the bond agreement signed.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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