NISC, THN, TSA, condemn killing

‘Thou shall not kill also applies to those who claim to represent the Naga nation’

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 20 (MExN): The Naga International Support Centre, the Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland, and the Tangkhul Scholar’s Union today condemned the abduction and killing of Jonathan Kashung, Presidential candidate for the Tangkhul Naga Long.

A press note from the NISC vehemently condemned the “perpetrators and those who ordered them to take the life Jonathan Kashung.” “Who are they to decide on the life of others?” it questioned. Lamenting that murder is committed on a regular basis, the NISC stated “Thou shall not kill also applies to those who claim to represent the Naga nation.”
“Still, if the person has done wrong he should be brought before a public Naga Customary Court to do him justice. In comparison, just like NISC suggested to the Naga organizations representing Naga peoples with regard to India; arrest a high placed Indian leader and charge him with wage war against the Naga Nation. But this is not done against the real enemy of the Nagas who deny them their right to self determination,” it added.

It stated that in a just society no stone will be left unturned to hunt the perpetrators down and bring them to justice. “Then how just is this emerging Naga Society if factions don’t stop at killing their own? And what about Nagas who collaborate with Indian invaders who hold the entire Naga Nation captive?” the NISC questioned.

Terming the killing as a severe case of injustice and “as the family points to the NSCNIM as the party responsible for and accountable to this murder” the NISC said it is waiting for the NSCN-IM to break silence. “NISC wants the NSCN-IM to come out with a statement of either denying it has had a hand in this execution or explaining on what basis it came to the decision to murder this fellow Naga,” it added. To the leaders of the NSCN (IM), the NISC stated, “when you say ‘Praise the Lord,’ this Lord also put this to you: You shall not kill.”

The Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland (THN) meanwhile said that it was appalled by the incident. A press note said that the THN will always stand against the ‘killing culture’ by any group. It stated that late Jonathan had served the Tangkhuls in various capacities as student leader in his prime days. The THN appealed for all concerned to refrain from violence and use of brute force through gun culture. Instead, it called for the creation of a space for dialogue to resolve differences and misunderstandings.

A separate press note from the Tangkhul Scholars’ Association condemned the incident and stated, “We strongly feel that such heinous act can never justify the allegation against the victim whatsoever. Such barbaric act will not only damage the apex institution Tangkhul Naga Long but would bring more division and misunderstanding in our society.” It stated that the “culture of gun” has already taken its toll of destruction in Tangkhul society. The TSA appealed all responsible organisations and people at large to desist from violence and such inhuman acts. 

Jonathan’s murder : AMCU decries

HNS/Imphal, Sep 23, 2013: Describing it as brutal and inhuman, All Manipur Catholic Union (AMCU) has strongly condemned the killing of Jonathan Kashung, former Vice President of ANSAM and one of the presidential candidates of Tangkhul Naga Long election while allegedly in the custody of NSCN (IM).

In a statement issued by its General Secretary Pritam Ludwig, AMCU said that it firmly believes that all human lives are precious gifts of god and thus, all right thinking and sensible persons/organisations should honour, respect and value human lives as a whole.

But in the case of Jonathan Kashung, the perpetrators have shown no respect for human life and have grossly overlooked the very principle of Natural justice before taking the extreme step of killing him. It is indeed sad to note that even today; the so-called justice is being delivered through the barrel of a gun. The perpetrators could have shown maturity by standing up to the great Chritian virtue of forgiveness and allowing him to amend/correct himself if Jonathan had committed any mistakes, howsoever, grave or big it might have been as no individual is beyond redemption, the statement of AMCU observed.

AMCU also appealed for a proper and thorough investigation to bring about the truth behind the brutal killing of Jonathan Kashung so that justice is delivered to the aggrieved family and those involved in the brutal killing be held responsible for their heinous act.

Jonathan’s Murder: 48-hr bandh called in ‘Tangkhul area’

NNN/IMPHAL, Sept 21: The Southern Tangkhul Katamnao Long (TAKL) or Southern Tangkhul Students’ Union while issuing a strong worded statement against the NSCN-IM on the murder of Jonathan Kashung announced today to call 48 hours ‘Tangkhul areabandh in condemnation. TAKL said it vehemently condemned the brutal killing of former Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) president Jonathan Kashung s/o late Shanteihui Kashung of Shingkap village after his abduction on September 13 by NSCN –IM.

According to the Tangkhul students’ body, Jonathan was a front-runner presidential candidate of the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) election scheduled for September 18.
“The highly decomposed body was traced on the morning of the scheduled election, after repeated assurance by the abductors that he would be released safely. The family and his supporters were compelled to withdraw his candidature even after his dead, despite qualifying the screening. The manner in which he was killed and abandoned in the wilderness to rot by the NSCN(IM) is an extremely inhuman and heinous act. The NSCN (IM) which has been engaging in a peace talks with the government of India for the last 17 years is never expected to commit such a senseless crime against its own people, defeating its purpose of ushering peace and political solution. Killing a veteran public leader like Mr. Jonathan Kashung who has rendered selfless service to the Naga society, without any trial, sends a very terrorizing message to the public,” the TAKL fumed.

It then demanded clarification with evidences of the allegations levelled that Jonathan Kashung had received Rs 50 lakhs from Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh and that he had served as a Chief Advisor for MNRF. TAKL then appealed to the ‘chief election commissioner‘, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) to countermand and re-notify a fresh TNL Election 2013 since the candidature of Lt. Mr. Jonathan Kashung had been duly approved after screening following all required formalities. Lest public sentiments might aggravate to unprecedented outcomes, it cautioned.

“As a mark of public condemnation against such heinous crime, there will be a total bandh in Tangkhul inhabited area on September 24 and 25. TAKL also appeal to all the Tangkhuls to extend their support and cooperation in condemning such injustice. NNN