Sep 03, 2014

Nagalim: Naga Council Honours Killed Activists

United Naga Council (UNC) has declared Mayopam Ramror and Ramkashing Vashi, who were inhumanly shot dead by State forces during the Saturday’s peace rally [30 August 2014], as the “Martyrs of the Naga Cause”, while the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) took a stand to observe the 30 August every year as “Black Day.”

This article is taken from The Nagaland Post.

The historic twin declaration was taken on Monday [1 September 2014] at TNL ground where a public condolence service attended by over 15,000 crowds and representatives of different Naga tribe leaders was conducted for Mayopam Ramror and Ramkashing Vashi. The apex Naga body and Tangkhul organisation, after a thorough deliberation in their high-level meet, read out the declaration and endorsed by the public present during the condolence programme.

Thousands of people waved Nagalim flags as the funeral cortege started off at 12.30PM from TNL office with men in traditional war gears taking the lead and placed the coffin on the makeshift stage inside the ground. In a symbolic show of respect and honour to the departed souls, as many as 50 different organisations laid wreathe on the two coffins and presentations given with solidarity messages.

A heart-rending song, farewell note from families, friends and loved ones ran through the condolence service. The mortal remains of Mayopam Ramror and Ramkashing Vashi were finally laid to rest on the western side of TNL ground as near and dear ones, friends and fellow Tangkhuls bid tearful adieu at around 4PM. Then, the congregation gradually walked their way home as the dusk approaches. In Ukhrul today, the prohibitory order under 144 CrPC Act was partially lifted from various areas and the town remained totally shut.

A UNC’s declaration announced by its president Adani read, “Late Mayopam ramror and Late Ramkshing Vashi of Teinem village are hereby declared Martyrs of the Naga cause and will be honoured as such for all time to come.”

The apex Manipur’s Naga body also reiterates its stand on “political boycott of the Government of Manipur in Naga areas,” while strongly condemning the killings and violence of the GoM perpetrated on the Nagas in Manipur on August 30.

Further, the UNC enforced ban on all construction work on national projects in Naga areas and vehicular traffic on national and state highways from 6AM of September 4. However, the educational institution, medical, power and media have been exempted from the purview of the blockade.

The agitation, it declared, will be effective till the New Delhi makes a political intervention on the situation faced by the Nagas in Manipur. The Naga body said it would the decision taken on Monday would be submitted to the Prime Minister of India.

On the second day after the violence hit UNC sponsored rally, the Ukhrul town witness no untoward incidences and it still wears an uneasy calm as troops of 41 Assam Rifles continue to take a flag march.

TNL vice president SD Reisang, while declaring to observe August 30 as “Black Day” from year on, announced an ex gratia of Rs. Five Lakhs to each of the bereaved families.

Today’s condolence service was attended by Naga Hoho, UNC, NWUM, ANSAM, ATSUM, Zeliangrong Baudi, CNPO, NPMHR amongst many other Naga bodies.