DIMAPUR, Jan 8 � The Sumi Naga tribe has severed all ties and delinked relationship with NSCN (IM) and further resolved to cease payment of all taxes to the outfit.
The decision follows the December 21 incident in Zunheboto wherein three NSCN (IM) cadres harassed and attempted to molest Sumi women passengers and subsequent flushing out of NSCN (IM) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalini in the district.
Adopting a four-point resolution at a meeting held under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho, the apex body of the Sumi Naga tribe, held at Zunheboto today, the Sumi public warned that in the event of any faction or group of people intimidating or committing excesses to either a Sumi individual or the community, the Sumi public will rise up against that particular faction/factions or group/groups of people, Sumi Hoho president Hovishe Arkha, Sumi Kukami Hoho president Ghovito Zhimomi, Sumi Totimi Hoho president Kitoli Naje and Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu president Holuvi Chophy said in a joint release issued after the meeting.
The meeting also resolved that the NSCN-IM shall not be permitted to establish its designated camp within Sumi inhabited areas and this shall be intimated to the concerned authority for necessary action. The meeting further declared December 28 as Sumi Martyrs Day in memory of late Paketo Assumi and late Ghukiye Zhimomi who laid down their lives for the cause and destiny of the Sumi people. The day will be observed annually. The burial place for the Sumi martyrs shall be called Sumi Martyrs Park, the release said.
It said these resolutions were adopted in the backdrop of December 21 incident wherein three NSCN-IM cadres inflicted severe injury, committed sexual harassment, attempted rape and murder on innocent Sumis and consequent upon the failure of the NSCN (IM) to hand over the culprits to the district administration. On December 26, the Sumi public flushed out the NSCN (IM) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalimi. The entire flush out operation which lasted three days cost the lives of two Sumi volunteers and left six others injured, it added.
Meanwhile, the NSCN (IM) chairman Isak Chishi Swu has termed the December 21 incident at Aghuyito village near Zunheboto town as �very unfortunate�, In his message to Sumi brothers and sisters today, Swu stressed that justice is essential and required by the human society at all times.
Stating that �We are for justice and We are serious�, he said a Kilonser Team�s Mission was dispatched but expressed shock that they were coerced to sign a paper under duress.
He said NSCN (IM) after conducting thorough investigation had meted out punishment to the erring cadres. Swu said the Sumi people are very much part of the proud history that has helped in shaping the destiny of the Nagas.