YS Mashungmi
YS Mashungmi.

After massive reactions over the news on the alleged thrashing of Naga youth, YS Mashungmi, by NSCN(IM) rebels, the outfit has recognized the youth as its bona fide cadre.

Mashungmi, a Naga youth, recently undertook a journey on foot to spread the message of peace in Nagaland by carrying both the national flags of India and Nagalim.

He was allegedly beaten up by NSCN (IM) rebels at the outfit’s headquarters at Hebron, which created reactions and became a talk of the town.

Recognising Mashungmi as their cadre, the NSCN (IM) in a statement issued on Saturday said: “YS Mashungmi who is a bona fide cadre of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) went for the so-called Peace March carrying both the national flags of India and Nagalim without taking the authority into confidence.”

The outfit said the one-man peace march carried out by Mashungmi was not authorized by it.

“Such a one man operation with sensitive political implication is not authorized by NSCN,” the outfit stated.

“His daring venture, no matter how patriotic it may appear in the eyes of the beholder amount to violation of disciplinary code of conduct,” the outfit said.

The organization clarified that the peace march by Mashungmi was stopped mid-way keeping in view of security issues.

“Security implication was also taken into account to abort his peace-march midway,” the outfit stated.

“In the meantime, Mashungmi is being debriefed to establish the idea behind his peace march,” it added.

Carrying the national flag of India in one hand and the flag of Nagalim on his back, Mashungmi began walking from Dimapur on December 8 and reached Kohima the next day.

Mashungmi, according to reports, belongs to the Tankhul Naga tribe and hails from Teinem village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district. However, he grew up in Dimapur.

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