Press statement

Oking: Hebron, 10 January, 2014

The people living in present Assam have their own histories and the inhabitants must live respecting each other’s rights. But despising the rights of other and trying to rule by might on others would create endless problems to the whole region in the days to come. The Karbi -Rengma Naga conflict is an outcome of a hegemonic power sought by the Karbis on the Rengma Nagas and others. Facts must be acknowledged. The Rengma Nagas have never created a deliberate situation in the region at any time including the recent turmoil wherein they have been aggressed upon by the Karbis and its militants and thereby rendering many homeless. Since time immemorial they have been living there unquestionably and nobody challenge that fact. The fact of their historical association with the land in which they are now proves their indigenous identity. They are not a lost people. The relentless design of the Karbis to suppress the Rengma Nagas and other people in the region is a reality. It is clear that the aggression of the Karbis on the Rengma Nagas led to this recent conflict. The recent incident leading to killing of innocent Rengma Nagas, burning of houses and granaries, destroying of properties, making thousands to flee from their homeland and rendering thousands homeless by the Karbis is nothing but an act of aggression. Therefore the karbis and their militant groups must stop this act of aggression on the Rengma Nagas immediately. We the Nagas thus far have not interfered or created any problems with the Karbis or with others. The two communities must have mutual respect for each other’s identity and history. If such act of honour is not practiced, the Nagas cannot remain a silent spectator. It is shocking to learn that the Assam Government (AG) is turning a blind eye, pretending to be unaware when innocent people are being murdered and thousands rendered homeless. Such callous attitude of the AG should be condemned by one and all. It is also of concern, looking at the heavy militarization of the area which can be detrimental to the security of the people, particularly the Rengma Nagas, in that area. The AG must activate and restraint the Karbis and their militants from creating further unwarranted situation in the region. It must without delay establish the “rule of law” and take immediate steps to initiate confidence building measure.

Kuknalim.

Q. Awomi Secretary, Kilo Affairs

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