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AR clarifies on Shiroi standoff
Published on 28 Jan. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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The Assam Rifles in Manipur has stuck the fulfillment of its conditions on one time safe passage to the NSCN(I-M) in Siroi village and reiterated that the ongoing “ cordon of the armed cadres will continue till they either surrender their weapons and leave the area or move to any of the designated camps along with their weapons.” Making a statement over what was described as “ a number of queries on the stand off at Siroi village in Ukhrul district”, the Assam Rifles through the PRO, IGAR(South) repeated that it was the NSCN(I-M) which requested for a safe passage on January 23. The PRO said the AR agreed to the request but insisted it was only as a “one time measure” and provided the NSCN(I-M) “move out with their weapons to any of the designated camps.” The AR further said it continued to endeavor for ensuring peace and tranquility and it was on this account that the permission for safe passage to these armed cadres was accorded as a one time measure . However, the PRO said despite having acceded to the request with the condition for safe passage, the NSCN(I-M) authorities informed that the cadres would instead move to another village with “their arms, ammunition and explosives” and not to any designated camps. The AR said it had taken the step from the point of view of ensuring peace and tranquility in the area and ensuring that armed cadres did not roam around in close vicinity of populated areas. TUK appeals Tangkhul Union Kohima (TUK) has appealed both the parties to respect the voice of the people and desist from “firing”. TUK in a joint press release issued by its president, L. K. Agathingkhui and secretary, As. Athot said the ongoing “war-like” standoff created apprehension to all. Flaying the Assam Rifles, the TUK said “the stubbornness from the AR has created more apprehension due to reinforcements to Shiroi village and “for which insincerity on their part is known to the public”. TUK said cutting off food supply, water and electrified fencing were violation of human rights.

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