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Anti-tax activist ‘abducted’

Kohima, Aug. 1: The situation is fast deteriorating in and around Dimapur after militants abducted a senior member of the Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation, an organisation which is fighting against rampant “tax” collections by outfits in the state.

Sources said its general secretary Solomon L. Awomi was taken away yesterday by the cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khole-Kitovi) and has been kept at its designated camp at Khehoyi village, about 15km from Dimapur.

As a mark of protest, hundreds of members of the organisation left for the Khehoyi camp to “surrender” to the militants.

“This is a non-violent form of protest and our members are prepared to camp outside the rebel camp as long as it takes to free our member,” a source said.

The members left for the camp around 3.30pm today.

Recently, Awomi had alleged forceful collections by the rebels from shops in the Purana Bazaar area of Dimapur.

The organisation members have appealed to the Naga people to support them on their proposed non-violent dharna at the gate of Khehoyi designated camp from today for the release of Awomi.

The NSCN (Isak-Muivah) has already severed connection with the group on the ground that its activities could have political ramifications in the Naga national movement. The Union home ministry has supported the group’s movement.

The NSCN (KK) has also de-recognised the group, stating that it was trying to highjack people’s trust and turning into an anti-national organisation and warned that any negative campaign against the Naga political movement will be dealt with appropriately.

The NSCN (KK) said the group’s campaigns are targeting the future Naga generations to give up Naga history and political rights and is a threat to identity and foundation of the Naga people. The outfit has also rejected “one government one tax”, adding that forceful unification of Naga militant groups would be an impossible task.

The organisation has been urging for one Naga militant government.

Members, led by a retired commissioner and secretary Khekiye Sema, have been campaigning throughout the state against illegal collections by militants. The members have also been visiting colleges and schools throughout the state.

A senior member of the NSCN (KK) said Awomi has been taken away for his anti-Naga activities, adding that no harm would be come to him

He said the NSCN (KK) is a responsible organisation and would have to interrogate the leader regarding his activities.

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