16th Dec. 2009
The NSCN/GPRN vehemently condemns and views with serious concern over the barbaric and cold-blooded killing of L. Rejamkhup Kom alias Akhup, former Khullapa (Village Chief) of Thayong Khunou village under south-west of Lamlai Police Station in Imphal East district but falling within the jurisdiction of the revenue district of Senapati, on 25th Nov.2009 at around 11.30 pm by unidentified armed cadres suspected to be of a Kuki UG group, one of whom identified himself to be a younger brother of Lulun, late KLA leader, which is a signatory of Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Centre and the State government solely because the Komrem Community merged with the Nagas. The NSCN/GPRN termed it as a direct provocation against the Komrem tribe in particular and the GPRN in general. Such blatant and inhuman act violating basic human rights finds no place in a civilized society that has no justification whatsoever.
Such misadventures of the Kuki undergrounds in the past resulted in loss of countless lives which continues till today. Nothing more than this could be expected from any so called national workers, organizations, groups etc., claiming to be working for the rights and just cause of their people. The world had changed now and they (Kuki UGs) cannot always repeat such blunders by sitting inside the bush exploiting a particular community. Such deliberate attempt to invite the fury of NSCN/GPRN will not be tolerated even now or ever. The NSCN/GPRN has made its position very clear that Nagas will surely respect those that are prepared to respect the Nagas.
There has been repeated reports of meting out rampant harassment using forces, torture, intimidation, killing and forced to pay heavy taxes against Komrem Village Chiefs and to join Kuki village Chiefs Association, in their pursuit of forcing Komrem people to merge/join Kuki tribe in total contravention of accepted international norms and conventions to respect and honor the identity and aspirations of every people.
It is the principle of the GPRN that all tribes/communities, big or small are equal on the issue of tribal identity. Imposition of one’s identity to other is strictly prohibited. However, in the case of Komrem tribe, the Nagas, and Komrem community have been living together peacefully as brothers for many years. So their identity will remain as it is, and shall be under the administrative jurisdiction of the GPRN. The GPRN clarified in no uncertain terms that the destination of the Komrem people can never be decided by any other people but by the Komrem people alone.
The NSCN/GPRN cautions the perpetrators that such practices are manifestation of unhealthy trend towards violence and confrontation that would not be tolerated at any cost.
Issued by: MIP/GPRN