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Rio rebuts Gogoi’s at CMs’ conference
Published on 10 Jan. 2009 1:48 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio has rebutted what was described as an “insinuation” made by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi during the deliberations at the recent chief ministers’ conference that Nagaland was responsible for birthing terrorism in the north east region. A communiqué issued by press secretary to the chief minister termed Gogoi’s statement as “misplaced and wrong” . It said Mr. Neiphiu Rio asserted that terrorism was never initiated by Naga insurgents but rather, the Naga insurgency was a political movement and could not be equated with terrorism. He said terrorism is alien to the Nagas and the Naga insurgents. Rio said terrorism was perpetuated by fundamentalist forces in various parts of the country inflicting casualties on innocent civilians. Pointing to the October 2,2004 bomb blasts at Dimapur Railway Station and Hong Kong Market that claimed 23 innocent lives and severe injuries to 87 people, Rio said these were the handiwork of outside forces and not of Naga insurgents. The chief minister stated that ever since the ceasefire agreements between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) in 1997 and with the NSCN (K) in 2001, the Government of India lifted the ban on the both factions to facilitate the process of dialogue. He said there has been no confrontation between the insurgent groups and the security forces after cease fire though the problem has defied solution even after 11 years of ceasefire and endless dialogues. He also suggested the involvement of civil societies, NGOs and Hohos and the political executives in the process of dialogue to expedite the resolution of the Naga political problem. Rio also made a plea for the modernization of the civil administration on the lines of modernization of police and improvement of weaponry, allowances and facilities to the Village Guards of Nagaland. Mr Rio also said the state has already initiated steps relating to maintenance of internal security as directed by the home minister besides soliciting fund for more commando units, upgrading and equipping our intelligence, investigative and prosecution agencies.

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