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NSCN-IM vacates PCC area
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Dec. 2008 12:43 AM IST
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A three-day stand off between the security forces and NSCN (I-M) at Seithekiema, in the vicinity of Patkai Christian College (PCC), was finally resolved Monday night as the NSCN (I-M) activists vacated the area, under pressure from the security forces and district administration, defence sources said. Defence sources said the stand off began when some thirty odd NSCN (I-M) activists who arrived in the area adjoining PCC early Saturday morning, refused to vacate despite pleas from the Assam Rifles and district administration that the area was a civilian populated area and not a designated camp of the NSCN (I-M). On Monday, the Assam Rifles mounted pressure on the NSCN (I-M) by sending in additional columns and sealing off all routes to the area, making it impossible for the NSCN (I-M) to send reinforcement. The AR was backed by IRB and district administration, who also persuaded the NSCN (I-M) to leave the area in public interest, sources said. In Kohima, the strategic group comprising of security forces, Home commissioner and ceasefire monitoring group (CFMG) also held a meeting Monday to discuss the development at Seithekiema. Finally, the NSCN (I-M) activists were compelled to vacate the area around 8.30 p.m, the sources added. Meanwhile, it was reported that the NSCN (I-M) activists were last seen at New Showuba village after they left Seithekiema.

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