The cold-blooded killings of 13 civilians by security forces, who allegedly mistook them to be militants, has triggered a wave of protests in the state. After the Konyak Union announced they were withdrawing from the Hornbill Festival, 2021, the Sumi Hoho has followed suit.

“Expressing deep concern over the incident at Oting Area under Mon district on 4 Dec 2021 evening, where several innocent lives is said to have claimed during the blatant indiscriminate firing by the Indian Para military forces on the civilians. In connection to this the Sumi Hoho asked all Sumi individuals and groups to skip participating in the Hornbill Festival 2021 till further notice. So as to show solidarity to the victims’ families, community and our ENPO people,” said a letter signed by ( S Zhevihe Sumi) Vice President, Sumi Hoho.

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.”

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