The festive fervour of Hornbill turned into one of anger and mourning following the shocking killing of 13 civilians.

Following the killings, six Eastern Nagaland tribes: Sangtam, Konyak, Yimkhiung, Khiamniungam, Phom and Chang have withdrawn from the festival to protest against the killings, while the Sumi Hoho asked “all Sumi individuals and groups to skip participating in the Hornbill Festival 2021 till further notice.”

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Taking to Twitter, Abu Metha, adviser to Nagaland CM, said two minutes of silence and prayer will be observed at Kisama, all the Morungs and all locations of NagaHeritageVillage in remembrance & solidarity of the dead in Mon.

The Konyak Union were among the first to announce that following the deaths, they were withdrawing from the Hornbill Festival, 2021.

In a letter to the Nodal Officer, Hornbill Festival, the Konyak Union said, “…the Konyak Community hereby abstain from any further participation at the ongoing Hornbill Festival’ 2021 citing atrocities perpetrated by the security forces at Oting Village Mon District on Dated: 4th of December 2021.”

In an attempt to control law and order in Mon district following the shocking incidents, Internet services have also been snapped in the state. Abhijit Sinha, Home Commissioner, Nagaland prohibited the “Mobile Internet/ Data Service/Bulk SMS of all the Service Providers in the entire area of the Mon District with immediate effect till further orders.”

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