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Shiroi village SoS to MHRC
Dimapur, Jan 25(NPN):
Published on 26 Jan. 2009 12:39 AM IST
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Though the stand-off between the 17 Assam and the NSCN(I-M) that began since January 19, had been defused through an understanding by both sides to end the crisis within 72 hours, tension remains due to the interpretation of the agreement , said a memorandum addressed to the chairman Manipur Human Rights Commission by the Headman C/T, Shiroi village Wungchangam Shangh and secretary N. Nganchonmi. The signatories said that while the Assam Rifles demanded the NSCN(I-M) vacate the camp within 72 hours, the NSCN(I-M) on the other hand, claimed that both sides were to withdraw from the village within 72 hours. The stand off began on January 19 at 2 a.m. when the 17 Assam Rifles surrounded the camp of the NSCN(I-M) located within the village and ordering the outfit to vacate the area. According to the memorandum, villagers particularly the women folks braved inclement weather while maintaining round the clock vigil in the vicinity in view of the ‘war-like’ situation. The signatories alleged that due to the siege of the Assam Rifles the human rights of the villagers were violated since children had to be evacuated to a neighboring village and villagers suffered economic loss including physical and mental harassment. In the light of the continuing confusion over the agreement between the two sides over the 72-hour deadline, the signatories asserted both parties must withdraw on their own volition and complete the task within 72 hours from 4 p.m. of January,which expires on January 26, 4 p.m. However, in case both sides remain amid the confusion, the signatories said the only option was for the villagers to vacate Shiroi village and as a consequence of which the people would face tremendous hardship and suffering. The signatories have appealed to the Manipur Human Rights Commission to ensure the right to life and liberty of the people otherwise the citizens of the village would be rendered “worthless citizens of the country”.

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