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Sincerity of the govt in dealing the Naga issue is in serious doubt: NSCN-IM

In a statement NSCN-IM stated, “A different story being unfolded particularly in interior villages bordering Myanmar and Ukhrul district. The people there live under perpetual fear under the watchful eyes of the Joint Military Operation of the Indian Army and the Tatmadaw crafted by NSA Chief AJit Doval."

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Dec 05, 2019, 10.05 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: NSCN-IM on Thursday alleged that the seriousness and sincerity of the Government of India in dealing the Naga issue is in serious doubt and the government of India (GOI) has to be blamed for unleashing military might and arrogance at this crucial stage.

In a statement NSCN-IM stated, “A different story being unfolded particularly in interior villages bordering Myanmar and Ukhrul district. The people there live under perpetual fear under the watchful eyes of the Joint Military Operation of the Indian Army and the Tatmadaw crafted by NSA Chief AJit Doval. It is already more than a month since four (4) villages, namely, Mapum, Sahamphung, Chamu and Phungtha have come under the control of the Indian Army personnel that have stationed themselves like hawks occupying government school buildings. The students are in disarray and the teachers are helpless lest they earn the wrath of the Indian security forces.”

It alleged that the village authorities pleaded that the army should vacate classrooms as the final examination is round the corner. But, it only landed into deaf ears. "Can we expect a peaceful solution in this prevailing volatile situation? Security check gates are established to frisk every passers-by. Villagers going to the paddy fields are very scrupulously questioned, putting them under agonizing distress. Anybody found extending hospitality to NSCN members are beaten black and blue. For the Nagas of these villages, the Indo-Naga ceasefire has no meaning because they still live under the direct control of the Indian security forces empowered by the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)."

“ The Indo-Naga political talks that has passed 22 long years makes very little differences to many Naga villages in Manipur all because of the double standard policy followed by the Government of India (GoI). The comfort of the impending inclusive Naga political solution was never made to reach the villages, clouded by the presence of Indian armed forces personnel. These sorts of atmosphere leave much to be desired as it only reflects the insincerity of the GoI. Interestingly, Ukhrul district headquarters is seeing the pre-ceasefire days with the presence of ubiquitous Assam Rifles personnel who have again taken the pleasure of frisking any passers-by and vehicles.

This is far from what is envisaged under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks just nearing completion pending giving finishing touch to the competencies. Ceasefire between the NSCN and GoI and the Indo-Naga political talks cover all the Naga Territories irrespective of artificial boundaries created by the British Government and GoI. Therefore, the outcome of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks will naturally impact all the Naga Territories,” the statement stated.

The statement further said, “ Creation of conducive environment in all the Naga Territories in India and Myanmar has become a necessity. The seriousness and sincerity of the GoI in dealing the Naga issue is in serious doubt and the GoI has to be blamed for unleashing military might and arrogance at this crucial stage. It is, therefore, imperative that GoI should immediately stop the cruelty and restore confidence between the two entities, otherwise, things may go beyond what GoI can expect. Is the GoI sending a message that the ceasefire is limited to some areas and that fighting should resume elsewhere? The action of the GoI is showing its doubled standard policy which is extremely provocative.

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