NBCC, schools appeal for peace in Tuensang
Dimapur, January 14
Concern for the safety and wellbeing for citizens in Tuensang district have begun mounting as communal tensions between two communities in the district escalates. The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and school in Tuensang have called for peace in the region.A team of NBCC leaders, comprising general secretary Rev. Dr. L. Anjo Keikung, and chairman of the council’s Peace Committee, Niketu Iralu, was in Tuensang recently. The team included executives of youth and women units of various churches such as the CRBC, Phom Baptist Christian Association, United Sangtam Baptist Association and Khiamniungan Baptist Churches’ Association. The leaders visited Shamator, Chendang Saddle village, Kutur village, Tuensang district headquarters and Tuensang village in connection with the prevailing situation, a press release from the NBCC on Wednesday informed.
The team also met with the leaders and civil organizations of the local communities including tribal councils, women and youth organizations, church bodies and “responsible citizens.”
“The NBCC team appealed to both the parties to uphold peaceful means and promote conducive atmosphere by restraining from any form of confrontation to strive towards amicable solution. The NBCC meanwhile calls upon the Christian populace in the state to extend fervent prayers for an early and durable solution to the current imbroglio,” the message from the church stated.
Tuensang schools worry for students
Schools in Tuensang have appealed to the communities in the district to maintain peace even as the area battles tension between two communities. The All Tuensang Private School Association (ATPSA) issued a press release on January 14, expressing concern for the students and how their studies were being affected.
The association met in an emergency meeting in St. John higher Secondary School on January 13 to discuss the prevailing tense situation in Tuensang district, the organization informed. The schools have appealed for dialogue and restoration of peace in the interest of the public.
“The association discussed about the future of the students and their continuing education. The association decided to strongly urge the responsible leaders and organizations to come to an amicable solution at the earliest for the betterment of the student community and the society,” the organization stated in the message to the communities in Tuensang.