Kohima: The Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) informed that a domestic tourist from the neighbouring state of Assam was found dead at a rest camp above Dzükou Valley.

SAYO President Metekhrielie Mejuba and General Secretary Metevizo Sophie said that the deceased was identified as Bakhanta Nath from Gogamukh, Dhemaji district in Assam.

The youth leaders said that the Organisation is deeply saddened and aggrieved over the sudden demise of the tourist on January 17.

“The SAYO on gathering the information came to know that the deceased person was a domestic tourist who came along with four other companions to visit Dzükou Valley on January 16. But unfortunately, on 17th January morning, the deceased was found dead by his companions who, without immediately informing concerned authorities, fled to Assam,” SAYO said.

Around 30 local volunteers then gathered along with the officer-in-charge (OC) of the Khuzama Police Station and other police personnel and brought the deceased from Dzükou Valley to Viswema Village Junction.

After a short funeral service, the mortal remain was handed over to the South Police Station in Kohima for Post-mortem where it was found that the cause of death was natural and there was no foul play. On 19th January, the body was handed over to the family members.

While condoning the demise, the SAYO reiterated and condemned the incapacitated companions of the deceased for their negligence and disloyal attitude in reporting the incident to the caretakers of Dzükou Valley, SAYO, and the police over the occurrence of the incident.

The SAYO vehemently condemned the disloyal act of the tourists in its region, who also violated the mandatory guidelines of the SAYO for not taking a local tourist guide for trekking to Dzükou Valley.

Further, SAYO appealed to all local, domestic, and international tourists to seek local tourist guides for safe trekking to Dzükou Valley or in the Southern Angami areas in Nagaland.

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