Dimapur, July 2: The NSCN (IM) today issued a statement with regard to the “killing” of Athong Yimchunger on July 1. A press note from the MIP stated that “in 2008, the then sergeant Athong committed treason by deserting with three service arms after brutally killing the security commander Lieut. Thouthutho.” Since then, it said that the “Naga army had put him in the wanted list deserving death penalty.” “The killing of late Athong on July 1, 2014 in Jessami has nothing to do with factions, tribe or any ‘ism’. However, it is in direct consonance with the treachery he had committed in the past. No self respecting Government having a constitution of her own will tolerate such high level of betrayal to one’s government as well as to the comrades in arms,” stated the note from the MIP. It further appealed for the Naga people in general and the Yimchunger community in particular to “understand us in the right perspective.” “Reconciliation process for peace and unity shall continue but treason of this degree cannot be tolerated and shall not be encouraged by any group,” it added. It is reported that the deceased held the rank of a Major in the GPRN/NSCN.