Kohima, Oct. 15: The newly launched Naga Tribes Council (NTC), which claims to have been formed for the welfare of the Nagas of Nagaland, has been mired in controversy since its launch here on October 12.
Its president Thepfulhouvi Solo, a retired Indian forest service official, has said at the launch, “People are afraid to speak the truth because of the barrel of guns.”
The statement has not gone down well with a section of the people. While the Naga militant groups, towards which it appears to have been directed, have not reacted so far, a source alleged that the NTC aims not at the welfare of Nagas but to disrupt the peace process between the Centre and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah).
The NTC, which is backed by the Congress, also appears to be headed for a collision with the Naga Hoho, which is backed by the ruling Naga People’s Front.
Besides, the NTC has failed to bring all the communities under its fold. The Nagas from Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire districts have refused to be its part as has the Zeliang People’s Organisation.