DIMAPUR, June 4 - NSCN (IM) has issued a clarification with regard to the May 31 incident between Namsang and Shumshi village under Deomali jurisdiction in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. Two cadres of NSCN (Unification) were reportedly killed while a civilian was injured in the incident.
In a press statement issued by NSCN (IM) on Sunday night, the outfit made it clear that the engagement in the gunfight resulting in loss of precious lives was never intended. �It was an absolute unintentional occurrence, never motivated by any ill-attempt to disrespect all that the Naga civil bodies have ceaselessly embodied in various covenants,� it said.
It said unlawful activities such as forcible collection, ransom demand and holding captives for ransom payment were constantly relayed to GPRN (Government of People�s Republic of Nagalim) authority, evidences and proof of impersonating late �Major� John was ascertained, use of NSCN letter pad and forcible collection of taxes in the name of NSCN were routinely reported to its base.
The release said when the father of late Rasil Ali, a victim of the incident, personally came to speak to NSCN authority alleging that his son was abducted by NSCN (IM) under the command of �Maj Gen Raman�, NSCN officials in the location assured him that he had no reason for worry if his son had been taken away by NSCN.
The NSCN (IM) explained that it had dispatched a column to the vicinity, the site of the May 31 incident, to ascertain the various reports pouring in to NSCN base and also to take stock of the overall situation prevailing there. The column came under heavy fire and a short but fierce gun battle followed as NSCN cadres� column returned the fire, resulting in the unfortunate bloodshed.
�Late Rasil Ali was fully clad in military fatigue when his mortal remain was retrieved from the spot. Why an innocent son of a business man who was recently abducted, clothed in military camouflage is a matter of common understanding with logical conclusion,� NSCN (IM) stated.
It called the incident �more unfortunate and most uncalled for� as it happened at a time when all Naga people are yearning for peace. The outfit said one Gulap Homcha RP who has been hospitalised and recovering now can be a witness to the truth about the recent incident.
The release further stated NSCN could never accept presence of NSCN (U) in the region where the incident took place as the stand of the latter is officially clear that it has no doctrine of expanding its territory.