NSCN (IM) accused of Jonathan’s death

Imphal, October 22: Awon Kashung, wife of late Jonathan Kashung has accused the NSCN-IM of killing her husband with “vested interest”.
Jonathan Kashung, one of the presidential candidates of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), the apex body of the Tangkhul tribe, was abducted by unidentified armed men from Phungreitang area in Ukhrul town on September 13 at around 9:40 am apparently in connection with the TNL presidential election.
Since then he was traceless. His decomposed body was found at Tolloi Junction, around 4 km north-west of Ukhrul district headquarters on September 17 evening.
One month after the incident, the wife of late Jonathan Kashung said the NSCN-IM had killed her husband on false charges.
“My late husband Jonathan Kashung, a presidential candidate of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) was abducted and murdered on September 13 by the NSCN-IM on several false charges, one of which was that he was sponsored with a sum of Rs 50 lakhs by Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi Singh to contest the TNL presidential election,” said Awon Kashung.
According to her, the NSCN-IM had also accused Jonathan Kashung of the chief advisor of Manipur Naga Revolutionary Army (MNRA). Jonathan was also accused by the NSCN-IM as a card holder intelligent agent of India, said Awon.
“All the allegations against my husband were cooked up so that they could eliminate him in order to fulfill their wish,” said Awom Kashung. She dismissed those allegations as baseless and unfounded saying no sensible persons will believe such wild allegations of the NSCN-IM.
Awon Kashung then said that the NSCN-IM through the frontal organisations had agreed to prove the allegations with evidences and by taking the witness account within 15 days time counting from September 18.
“But till date, even the lapse of one month, the NSCN-IM could not give any proof on their allegations charged against my husband, late Jonathan Kashung,” said Awon Kashung, adding, “As the NSCN-IM could not give even a shred of evidence on the cold-blooded murder of my husband, I declare before God and man that my late husband Jonathan Kashung was murdered with vested interest by the NSCN-IM”.
Awon further said that the inability of the NSCN-IM to prove their allegations vividly shows that ‘my late husband had not committed anything wrong against the NSCN-IM’.

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