Nagaland killings: Konyak CSOs extend ultimatum for 10 more days

Kohima: The Konyak tribe will extend its ultimatum period for another 10 days with effect from January 15.

This comes after a 30-day ultimatum served to the government expired on January 10. The tribe had demanded that all officers and jawans involved in the killings of civilians be booked under applicable civil court and the report on actions taken be made public. 

On December 4 last year, 13 civilians were gunned down by security forces in Oting. A day after, another civilian was killed during a protest in Mon town.

The Konyaks warned that if the government fails to meet its demand, as per a resolution of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO), the tribe will abstain from all national events within its customary jurisdiction.

During the Konyak Summit, the tribe also resolved to set up a “Genocide Park” at a proposed site in Mon town.

The Konyak Union (KU) Konyak Students’ Union (KSU), and Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) informed that all remains of the December 4 incident at Yatong, Oting will be brought to Mon Town and preserved at the proposed Park. The site was demanded by the Konyak Civil Society organisations (CSOs) and allotted by the District administration.

Further, as per the ENPO resolution adopted in Longleng on December 14, the “Non- Cooperation” declared against the Indian Armed Forces will stand in force till justice is delivered.

The tribe reaffirmed its demands as submitted to the President of India which clearly stated that “all rank and files involved in massacring 14 innocent Konyak Youths on 4th & 5th Dec 2021, must be prosecuted in the applicable civil court” and that the “justice taken report must be brought before the public domain.”

The summit had also resolved that all designated Army camps within Mon district located within the civilian-inhabited area must vacate and relocate their camps away from the civilian dominated area.

It said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and Army’s Court of Inquiry’s certified report must be shared with the Konyak Union for perusal after necessary formalities are completed from both parties.

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