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Shiroy stand-off defused
Dimapur, Jan 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Jan. 2009 1:47 AM IST
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Nearly five days of stand-off between the 17 Assam Rifles and the NSCN (I-M) in Shiroy village, Ukhrul district Manipur was defused Saturday after an amicable settlement, states a release issued by the PRO Assam Rifles. According to the release, the AR had agreed to the safe passage to the NSCN(I-M) in the interest of peace and tranquility in the area and as a one time measure “in the interest of peace and tranquility in the area and will not be accepted again”. Following the safe passage the NSCN (I-M) activists withdrew from the village. The AR however reiterated that movement of NSCN (IM) cadres either in uniform or with arms will not be permitted. Tracing the genesis of the event, the release said the NSCN (I-M) cadres attempted to establish a camp in the close vicinity of Shiroy village early this month. It said on gathering information regarding presence of armed cadres of NSCN (I-M) in Shiroy village area, Assam Rifles troops reached the location and cordoned the area effectively on 19 Jan. In this context the AR highlighted the existence of three camps in Manipur for NSCN (I-M) as “camps taken Note of” by the government. The camps were identified as Bonning in Senapati district, Ooklong in Tamenglong district and Phungchong in Chandel district. It said movement of armed cadres is not permitted in any other area . The AR further mentioned that the NSCN (I-M) had been trying to establish new camps earlier also which was not been permitted. The release said the NSCN (I-M) had in 2007 attempted to establish its camp in Shiroy, but was evicted and destroyed. The NSCN (I-M) also tried to establish a new camp at Khumbi near Phungyar from where they were removed and camp destroyed, the AR alleged. The Shiroy stand-off occurred when the AR discovered the setting up of the camp, the release added.

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