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State Police plea to factions on threats
Published on 23 Aug. 2008 12:49 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of prevailing ground realities in Nagaland, the State Police Department has appealed to all members of the Public and NGOs to refrain from any act, which might be construed as provocative, as well all the underground factions to desist from threatening any particular leader or official. The State Police in a press release issued by DIG (Hqr) & PRO, LL Doungel said the police department, civil administration and security forces, being the custodian of law and public order, duly acknowledged that it was their sworn and bounden duty to safeguard the lives and property of all citizens and that the three agencies would not leave the citizens at the mercy of unlawful elements. “The Police Department reassure and affirm that we will in no way abdicate our sworn duty and shall do everything to defend and safeguard all citizens of the State,” the release said. Highlighting on the present ground realities, State Police said all citizens were aware that ceasefire agreement was signed between the NSCNs and Government of India on their own volition and that all signatories had undertaken to respect and abided by the ceasefire ground rules (CFGR). Police also said the provision of the CFGR was very categorical and clear, with the onus of implementation of CFGR thrust on the army, paramilitary forces, police as well as underground factions. It also pointed out that under the terms of the ceasefire agreement, the underground factions would remain in their respective designated camps and not move around in populated areas in uniform and with arms, or resort to threat and intimidation. But contrary to the mutually agreed provisions of the CFGR, Police said the Ground Rules were being violated repeatedly and the lives of citizens, especially innocent civilians, put at risk and public peace disturbed. “Not only that, in course of enforcement of the Cease-Fire agreement by officials of the State, the underground factions have intimidated and threatened the lives of political leaders, officials of the civil administration as well as police officers,” Police said. The State police reminded that such leaders and official functionaries were entrusted by the State to safeguard the lives and property of citizens, and therefore, acting on the legitimate authority of the State and only enforcing what had been mutually agreed upon under the ceasefire agreement. “Therefore, any contentious issues should have been referred to the Monitoring Board/Monitoring Cell, during their periodic meetings, where it should have been sorted out without having to vitiate the atmosphere by issuing threats and intimidations as that will not resolve anything,” State Police added. Urging factions to desist from issuing threats to leaders or officials who were duty bound to act in the best interest of the State, the State Police further appealed the underground factions to honour and abide by the CFGR in “letter and spirit.”

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