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Nagas of Manipur appeal
Dimapur, Jan 29(NPN):
Published on 30 Jan. 2009 1:43 AM IST
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Various Naga organisations in Manipur have made an appeal to all people and especially the government authorities to intervene in resolving the current impasse in Shirui (Shiroi)village Ukhrul district, the scene of a siege by the 17 Assam Rifles on the camp of the NSCN(I-M) which has been going on since January 19. ANSAM president David Adani Choro, general secretary Reisangpem Shaiza; president Senapati District Students’ Association Kuba Peter, chairman Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur G.H.Newmeh, president Naga Students Union Chandel S. K. Stephen and president Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong P.R.Jordan said the siege on the NSCN(I-M)camp in Shirui village by the ‘Indian Armed Forces(17 Assam Rifles)’ could result in “huge loss of lives and properties of innocent civilians.” Further the signatories have accused the 17 Assam Rifles of laying siege on the camp with “heavy artilleries” stationed in and around the village and occupying a private residential courtyard, village panchayat hall, IFAD resort centre besides demanding cooking utensil, plate and collection of firewood all which have led to shifting of children to nearby Ukhrul. The signatories said the NSCN(I-M)camp had been established a few years back and also visited by the “Indian Armed forces on one to two occasions”. It was also stated that the siege had adversely affected students appearing examinations as well as leading to cancellation of the scared ‘Seed Sowing festival’ that might lead to the Naga belief of “famine and other undesirable consequences.” The signatories said in affirmation of the commitment to resolve the “Indo-Naga conflict through peaceful negotiated settlement”, the women folk of surrounding villages had staged a “peaceful sit-in protest in Mahatma Gandhi square” to signify their commitment to non violent resolution in Ukhrul town “to avoid possible armed conflict.” They also termed as uncalled for, the statement purportedly made by the DIG 10 Sector, Assam Rifles that there is no cease fire in Manipur despite the currency of the cease fire for 12 years since 1997. Stating that the cease fire was between the Government of India and the NSCN, the signatories appealed to both parties to adhere to the cease fire agreement “in letter and spirit”. Further, they also appealed to all to support the “hard won peace talk and to shun violence” but urged Nagas not to “succumb to hardship” but exhibit “traditional endurance and magnanimity”. The signatories have also appealed to Nagas that the show of endurance should not be “mistaken as a sign of weakness” and that such “violent attitude” being shown , would leave them with no option but to resort to “available democratic means” for which “our elders” had laid down their lives for the “sacred noble cause”.

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