12 NSCN(U) cadres killed in factional clash with NSCN-IM

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Dimapur, May 16 (UNI) Twelve cadres of NSCN(Unification) were killed during factional clash with NSCN(IM) at Seithekima village here today.

Dimapur police said the incident occurred at around 1130 hours with both the factions firing more than 2000 rounds from their automatic weapons.

Police further informed that the NSCN(IM) cadres took away all the weapons from the deceased after the incident. The bodies have been brought to the police station.

''This is by far the biggest casualty in the ongoing violence between the two warring factions,'' police said adding that both the groups have entered into an endless battle to gain supremacy over Dimapur region, the business hub of Nagaland.

Tension prevailed in Diphuphar area, stronghold of NSCN(IM), with police officials camping in the region as they apprehended another major attack by the NSCN(U) on the rival faction.

The Centre had been talking with the NSCN(IM) for a past decade to resolve the Naga issue but the Unification group backed by NSCN(IM)'s bete noire Khaplang faction hounding them for not being the 'true representative' of Naga people.

The NSCN(IM) mostly comprises Tangkhuls tribe, who live in Manipur, and were alleging that the Unification, comprising Sema tribe, was carrying out ethnic cleansing.

The NSCN-IM and Unification are currently engaged in a war with both blaming each other for the deteriorating situation in the region.

According to NSCN (IM), the Unification was a 'rogue', 'illegal' and 'unruly' organisation, whereas the rival outfit in a statement accused the Hebron campers in NSCN (IM) of coming in the way of Naga unification, supported and endorsed by various NGOs, tribal hohos and village chiefs.

The Unification also condemned the NSCN(IM) for 'cold-blooded' killing three 'innocent' Konyak youths in Kohima on January 13, 2007, a day when its chairman Isak Chishi Swu made a proclamation for peace and reconciliation.

It also alleged that NSCN(IM)'s open door policy of ultimatums to surrender and seek forgiveness had been the stumbling block towards the unification process of the Nagas.

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