Ukhrul: Nagas living in Manipur on Friday paid their final tribute to the six cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) who were recently killed in a shootout by security forces in Longding in Arunachal Pradesh.
Two of the six NSCN-IM cadres killed were brought home from Dibrugarh, Assam to Ukhrul district late on Thursday night for their burial amid the pandemic lockdown.
Organised by Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and Tangkhul civil organisations under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC), an apex body of Nagas in Manipur, the condolence service was held at TNL ground at the Ukhrul district headquarters.
Speaking at the event, UNC president Kho John said that the sacrifice of the six young men will not go in vain but it will go down in the history of the Nagas‘ struggles and its record.
“Nagas have been fighting for our rights for the last over 70 years and we have been able to stand thus far,” he added.
The Naga leader also extended his condolences to the two bereaved families in particular and the Tangkhul people in general.
The mortal remains of the two slain cadres — 2nd Lieutenant Somaya and Sergeant Somipam Shaiza, both from Manipur — have now been taken to their native villages for burial.
As per reports, of the four remaining NSCN-IM cadres, the bodies of Lance Corporal Lentsuba Lalii and Sgt Major Ashak Wangsa were buried in Nagaland.
Lance Corporal Paogouhao’s body was taken to his native place in Dima Hasao district in Assam, wherein Sergeant Pansa’s body was taken to the Naga area in Myanmar.
On July 11, at least six NSCN-IM cadres were killed in a joint operation carried out by Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police at Nginu village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh.
One security personnel was also reported to have sustained injuries during the encounter, reports said.