Thousands thronged the Old MLA Junction Kohima, to accord a mournful yet befitting reception to the bodies of the two youths slain in Dimapur on January 31 whose bodies were brought in coffins escorted by a cavalcade led by motorcyclists.
The coffins containing the bodies of the two youths– Khriesavizo Metha of Chiechama village and Bendangnungsang of Aonukpo village were placed at the road intersection below Old MLA hostel junction on arrival from Dimapur at 4.45 p.m. More than 5000 including friends, well wishers and family joined the procession.
Homage paid to two ‘martyrs’ in Kohima
Leaders of various tribe organisations spoke at the combined funeral service such as Dr. Phyobemo Ngullie (on behalf of Lotha Hoho) Dr. Vinito Chishi (Sumi Hoho Kohima), Angami Students Union, Kohima Sumi Students Union, Kohima Ao Senso Telongjem and APO. All the speakers expressed deep pain at the deaths but reiterated that their sacrifices for the greater cause of the Nagas would not be in vain but will become a source of strengthening bonds among all tribes in the days to come.
Dr. Phyobemo (LH) and Dr. Vinito (SHK) paid glowing tributes to the martyred youths and called upon all Nagas to resolve to stand together, love and support one another and show that all can live together as a people. ASU president Deni Yano said the two young lives had given their utmost sacrifice for the people and also condemned the police for the firing that killed the two youths and the state rulers who authorised the act.
APO president Dr. Vilhusa Seleyi described the two as ‘Martyrs’ who fell to bullets of the government while fighting for the rights and survival of Nagas and also prayed for recovery of those injured in the firing incidents.
After the service, APO proposed to keep them in the office for the night but the crowd mostly youths, wanted to take them to the CM’s residence. Finally , it was agreed to keep them at the same spot till the next day.