IMPHAL, June 9: Three senior leaders of the NSCN/GPRN, KYKL and KCP representing each organisations namely KCP president Ksh Laba Meitei, KYKL chairman N Oken and NSCN/ GPRN chaplee Kilonser Starson accorded `a warm victory reception`™ to the Joint Assault Team that returned after the June 4 attack on the 6 Dogra Regiment, said a joint statement of the three outfits.
The joint statement made available to the media houses was signed by PRO NSCN/ GPRN Col Isak Sumi, dy secretary Publicity and Research, KYKL Th Thoiba and member-in-charge Information and Publicity, KCP S Mangal.
It said the reception was also attended by army chiefs of KCP, KYKL, and Col Isak Sumi of NSCN/GPRN.
Further according to the statement, the event was rather sombre for the losses of the unit commander, Maj Rajanglung of Naga Army and Cpl Amit alias Keisham Rajen, 27, son of K Khamba of Nongdren Maning Leikai, of KYKL during and after the battle.
It said `Late Maj Raza was hit by an enemy mortar shell in the battlefield and Late Cpl. Amit breathed his last on the way to a safer place from the battle, probably, due to heart failure.`
`The KYKL authorities were not aware of any sign of such latent ailment and he had not lodged any health complaint. The report that his dead body bore bullet marks is totally baseless,` it claimed.
The statement further said `If it happens to be a report given out by concerned Indian forces, it is nothing but a shameless lie.`
`Maj. Raza was not only valiant and tactical in battles, but also prudent and judicious politically. His acumen for combat plan could ensure easy success and his tactical guidelines for retreat could save the rest of his team even after his sudden demise. His death is an irreparable loss to the NSCN/GPRN organization and Naga national movement. Cpl. Amit was friendly to all and jolly to a fault. His commitment to the revolutionary struggle and cheerfulness in times of hardships could elevate the sagging morale of everybody. The vacuum caused by his death cannot be filled up easily.`
The joint statement also said the victory of the combined team `is a landmark step towards Naga Meitei unified struggle for WESEA against Indian colonialism and this particular event further forges the camaraderie spirit between the two struggling communities.`
The Elite Unit offered condolence salute to their departed comrades and the gathering observed two-minute silence in honour of the martyred souls, it said.