Even as fingers were pointed at the NSCN (IM) by various news agencies, the group on Tuesday evening denied its cadres’ involvedment in the attack.
A top leader of the NSCN (IM) told Eastern Mirror that the allegations were handiworks of the media, not the government.
Another senior functionary from the group’s ministry of Information and publicity said that though allegations have been made, the NSCN (IM) was not involved in the incident.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and various political parties issued statements condemning the attack. While expressing shock and sadness, Patton stated that the “peaceful atmosphere” in the NE has to be restored by all means.
The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) condemned the coldblooded assassination of Aboh along with his son and nine others. “Such senseless and cowardly act of violence has no place in today’s world especially at a time when the North East region is emerging out of its violent past,” it stated, and expressed condolence to the bereaved family.
The Nagaland unit of NPP expressed shocked over the “dastardly assassination” and demanded the authorities to nab the culprits and award befitting punishment at the earliest. “This is the second of such incident where NPP is targeted during this election. On 29th March 2019, one NPP supporter was killed and other was inflicted with grievous injuries by suspected militants in Tirap district,” it stated.
Also, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee condemned the “brutal assassination”, and demanded a high-level inquiry.