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Trouble Within: WC-NNPG demands removal of arms/documents from Thilixu cease-fire office; WSH not to cooperate with NSCN (Khango)

FILE PHOTO: WC, Co-Convener Isak Sumi

“And if any Sumi leaders or public are threatened, harassed by the NSCN (Khango) faction because of this resolution, further course of action would be initiated as deem fit”, said the Western Sumi Hoho (WSH).

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The working committee of Naga National Political Groups or WC-NNPGs have sought immediate retrieval of “arms and documents from saboteurs at the NSCN/GPRN cease-fire office” at Thilixu Village.

In a communication addressed to the chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG), Kohima, convenor of WC-NNPGs N Kitovi Zhimomi said, “I am to inform your esteemed office that few irresponsible elements within the (Khango-Isak) group, having arrested and inflicted physical injuries upon WC, Co-Convener – Isak Simi and later released upon intervention of GBs and Civil societies, continue to occupy CF office illegally, along with Arms and ammunition of the organisation.”

N Kitovi Zhimomi informed that “Isak Sumi is one of the Co-Conveners actively participating in the Indo-Naga talks and it is dutybound for WC, NNPGs to evict the unruly elements, peacefully or forcefully, and retrieve all arms and documents in possession of the saboteurs….these elements are planning to escape Dimapur with arms and join the Yang Aung group of NSCN in Myanmar.”

WC-NNPGs also requested the CFMG chairman to intervene and ensure the prompt recovery of arms and documents to the co-convener within 36 hours.

On January 4, Isak Sumi, the general secretary of the NSCN-K (Khango) faction, was dismissed from office by Khango Konyak, president of the NSCN (Khango). Isak Sumi was removed on the grounds that he had been “operating without the approval of the group’s collective leadership”.

NSCN-K (Khango) claims that Isak Sumi was found “guilty of acquiring absolute powers and functions” without the consent of the group’s collective leadership. Isak Sumi has been accused of “non-distribution of powers and functions, nepotism, and self-styled one-man government,” which was in direct opposition to both “discipline” and the “yezhabo” (constitution), said a statement by NSCN-K (Khango). “Hence, he is discharged of all his power and duties and shall no longer be a part of GPRN/GPRN-K and the organization will not be responsible for any of his actions hereafter,” the NSCN-K (Khango) added.

Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) calls for indefinite non-cooperation against NSCN (Khango) faction

Meanwhile, the Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) held an emergency meeting with all its frontal organizations (WSKH, WSYF, WSSU, WSTH, WSSA, SOUD) on January 5, 2023 at the WSH Hiyam, Chekiye village, at 3.00 PM. The members present deliberated on the unfolding issue and unanimously resolved to strictly adhere to the follow-up action as decided.

WSH said that when it was informed about the “sudden imbroglio” within the NSCN (Khango) faction, WSH President along with colleagues, WSYF, GS, NGBF, and GBs of Thilixu village rushed to the ceasefire monitoring office at Thilixu village. With the intention to defuse and pacify the volatile situation at around 10:45 PM on January 4. However, the “commander and his cadres” loaded their guns, pointed the weapons at the President WSH and his team, threatening with dire consequences, using abusive words without ascertaining the intention of the Hoho which cannot be tolerated at any cost, neither the sanctity of WSH, its frontal organizations and the GBs can be compromised.

WSH resolved to impose indefinite non-cooperation against NSCN (Khango) faction within the jurisdiction of Western Sumi area which comprises of Dimapur, Niuland and Chumoukedima district with effect from January 6. The hoho directed all its “bonafide Sumi members” to strictly follow the resolution till further notice.  “And if any Sumi leaders or public are threatened, harassed by the NSCN (Khango) faction because of this resolution, further course of action would be initiated as deem fit”, said WSH.

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