Four former central office bearers of opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) have threatened to file a defamation case against the party’s Mon division general secretary Hongnaw, accusing him of spreading ‘false rumours’ about them, if he does not tender a public apology within seven days.

On the other hand, the NPF central committee wrote to Mon deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K seeking action against 19 suspended party office bearers for their alleged involvement in the locking up of Mon division of the party on May 10.

The former NPF central office bearers alleged that Hongnaw told a news channel that the seven suspended NPF MLAs had pressurized and forced party members to resign, which was also widely circulated in social media.

They also accused Hongnaw of alleging that the seven suspended party legislators had prepared a list of office bearers without the knowledge of NPF functionaries and put forged signatures of central as well as divisional and constituency office bearers, calling it a “criminal case”.

Terming Hongnaw’s allegation as a bid to destroy their image and position, the four former office bearers said the accusation without any documentary proof or evidence is nothing short of a criminal offence amounting to defamation.

On May 3, seven Assembly unit presidents of NPF resigned from the party to join the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) while seven more central office-bearers of the party resigned on May 7.