The NSCN-IM in a statement said that the deceased cadres were posthumously promoted to "their next higher rank".
Kohima: NSCN-IM has posthumously promoted six cadres who were killed in a joint operation by the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and police personnel in Arunachal Pradesh.
The encounter took place near Nginu in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh at around 4 am on Saturday. The NSC-IM in a statement said that they are extremely shocked and saddened at the tragic incident when its cadres "were brutally gunned down by the combined forces" which is in "total contravention of the existing Indo-Naga ceasefire".
Acknowledging the "sacrifices", the NSCN and its army paid homage to the deceased.
"In recognition of the selfless services rendered towards the cause of the Naga nation and as a mark of tribute to the departed Naga national workers, the office of the Adjutant General of the Naga Army has posthumously promoted the six Naga Army personnel to their next higher rank," it said.
In a separate press statement, the Wancho Region of the NSCN-IM said mourned the demise of the six cadres. It noted that the national workers of Wancho Region and the GPRN “adhered and respected the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the GoI and NSCN since 1997 till date in addition to the recognition of political and historical rights of the Naga movement after the historic signing of the Framework Agreement on the 3rd August, 2015. Despite the lifting of the ban on NSCN and the signing of the Framework Agreement, the NSCN members are still termed as ‘terrorists’ which is highly outrageous”.
The Naga Mother's Association (NMA) wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) Lt Gen (Rtd) Shokin Chauhan, asking the office to intervene and help in bringing back the bodies of the deceased to their native villages.
The NMA sought the intervention of the CFMG to ensure safe passage for the bodies to be transported back to the respective villages. The letter dated July 12 was written and signed by its Adviser Rosemary Dzuvichu and President Abeiu Meru.