The trio were allegedly blindfolded, detained with hands tied, interrogated for over 3 hours over ‘mistaken identity’; later handed over to police before releasing them
Dimapur: Members of Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ), the apex youth body of the Rengma Nagas, have condemned the detention of its “innocent” members by the Assam Rifles personnel in Kohima on Thursday.
Speaking to EastMojo, Kenneth Kath, president of RSZ, said “Harassment by the security personal is not a new thing and this incident has really triggered our anger. Our boys are decent and innocent. But the way they were treated is condemnable. Under the Army’s condition, they would have been shot on the spot if they made one mistake out of nervousness as they were not even given a chance to justify themselves at the public place.”
“As young and innocent men, they felt very embarrassed to have been under that situation and that too at a public place. This incident has really shocked them and has impacted their minds. Also, one among them is a really shy guy and such incident could lead to mental trauma. So, it is very dangerous. In fact, I feel that these soldiers are not protecting us but are terrorising us with their military powers,” Kath added.
Expressing concern that such an act by the Army could create hatred, Kath said: “For unemployed and frustrated youths, such incidents can completely change their mind set and could even force them to do anti-social activities. If the military continues like this, fear will be created in the minds of the Nagas.”
As reported by EastMojo earlier, Sohilo Tep, 30, who works as a lower-division assistant in the state education department, along with his two friends -- Yhunsinlo Tep (29) and Chungshe Chung (32) – were detained by an Assam Riffles battalion over mistaken identity.
Tep later took to Facebook to share his disappointment revealing that they were made to sign a two-page document, the content of which was not known to them.