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Sumi Hoho shuns truce

- Meet on Mukhalimi

Kohima, Feb. 1: The Sumi Hoho, the principal organisation of Sumi tribe, refused to turn up for peace talks with the Sumi Aphuyemi Kukami Hoho (SAKH) of Pughoboto subdivision at a tripartite meeting organised by the Sumi legislators of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland at the residence of home minister G. Kaito Ayeh here today.

Sumi legislators have been brokering peace between the two groups following the Mukhalimi village fallout, which claimed the lives of three civilians after rebels of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) exchanged fire with a mob in December.

The Mukhalimi incident was sparked by the December 21 incident at Aghuyito village where two women were allegedly molested and three men brutally assaulted by the members of the NSCN (I-M).

After the outfit refused to hand over the accused rebels to the law-enforcing agencies, the local residents took the law into their own hands.

The NSCN (I-M) has accused the involvement of members of its rival faction in the Mukhalimi incident.

Soon after the incident, the Sumi Aphuyemi Kukami Hoho had issued a statement in support of the “Naga issue”.

According to a source, the Sumi Aphuyemi Kukami Hoho had written to the Sumi Hoho to address the misunderstanding between the two organisations. “I have written to the Sumo Hoho and am awaiting a reply,” said Sahoje Sumi, the president of SAKH.

The meeting also asked the state government for an adequate compensation to the victims of Mukhalimi incident.


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