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‘Martyr’ honour for Sumi duo

Kohima, Jan. 2: Sumi Hoho, the apex organisation of the community in Nagaland, has declared December 28 “Martyrs’ Day” to honour two Sumi volunteers who died during the three-day siege of the NSCN (I-M) camp at Mukalimi in Zunheboto district.

Paketo Swu, 18, son of Vitoshe Swu and Ghukiye Zhimomi, 40, son of Ghokheto Zhimomi, died during the three-day siege of Zasibituo battalion headquarters of the NSCN (I-M) by Sumi volunteers as part of their Operation Flush Out.

Sumi Hoho president Hovishe Arkha declared the two volunteers “martyrs” and said their sacrifice was “supreme” and would be etched in the history of the Sumis.

Arkha said the duo would not be forgotten and the day would be observed each year as “Sumi Martyrs’ Day”. He added that a memorial would be erected at the burial spot near Sukhalu village, 10km from Zunheboto, and the place would be named Sumi Martyrs’ Park.

The Hoho president said the two “martyrs” had laid down their lives for “injustice” meted out to the Sumi community and they were part of thousands who stood firm to protect the dignity and honour of Sumi women.

“Stand up for the truth and the truth shall set you free,” Arkha said and attributed the “success” of the entire operation to god.

He said this was a “sign” from god to the Sumis to forgive each other and always remain united.

Sumi Totimi Hoho president Kitoli Naje lauded Sumi men for their “immense” courage as they had used hand-made guns, rifles, spears, daos and sticks in fight against militants armed with sophisticated weapons.

She also lauded the sacrifice of the two Sumi volunteers.

Sumi frontal organisations have resolved that if any of its members or leaders is harmed the entire Sumi community will stand up against it.

The Sumi Hoho said representatives of the Konyak Union would meet representatives of Sumi frontal organisations tomorrow at Sumi Hoho Ki in Zunheboto.

The Hoho said a meeting had been scheduled on January 7 with representatives from Sumi villages at the same venue. It has asked village heads, village council chairmen and village development board secretaries from all Sumi villages to attend the meeting.

After a standoff for three days, the NSCN (I-M) cadres vacated the camp at Mukalimi village on December 30.

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