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NPCC slams Imchen
Published on 22 Jun. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Taking note of the statement purportedly made by Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen that underground activists accused of various crimes should not be booked under NSA but treated as political prisoners, the NPCC in a statement issued by its chairman media cell R. Paphino and member Dr. K. Hoshi demanded that Imkong Imchen should either step down or moral grounds or the chief minister drop him from the ministry for the self-conflicting statement in failing to differentiate between political prisoners status and the NSA. The NPCC said the NSA was used to book those involved in unlawful activities-be it ordinary citizens or underground cadres- as those underground activists were booked under NSA for specific criminal acts like extortion, threat, abduction, killing and rape etc. The signatories said it was ridiculous that Imchen inferred that underground activists charged under NSA should be absolved of their crimes and treated as political prisoners. The NPCC said Imchen appeared to classify underground activists arrested for various crimes as “political prisoners the moment they landed in jail”. The signatories said it would have been “easier” had Imchen stated that such underground activists be given special treatment in jails. On the other hand, they said that it was “obvious” that when underground activists arrested for crimes and booked under NSA was instead tantamount to violation of the cease fire ground rules. The NPCC said political prisoner status on the other hand, was applicable only in times of war between two or more recognized sovereign nations when enemy soldiers take them as prisoners.

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