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Imchen asked to disown statement
Published on 1 Jul. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Amid the talk about rooting out extortion wherein home minister Imkong L. Imchen recently stated that the “taxation” by the underground groups was “extortion,” the NSCN (I-M) has asked him to disown the statement and to clarify his stand on the protracted Naga movement. The MIP/GPRN in a statement said the NSCN (I-M), like any other government, has been collecting taxes from various business communities and citizens to run its administration and judiciously utilize it to meet expenditures involved in the struggle against the occupation of external forces on its territory. The NSCN (I-M) claimed it never collected taxes through threat or coercion but that it was the willingness on the part of people to contribute his or her share to the government that brought the national struggle movement thus far. “The NSCN/GPRN is the mandated government of the Naga people to liberate from the Indian and Myanmar domination in every aspect of life,” the MIP said. The MIP also said that terming the NSCN (I-M) taxation as extortion was tantamount to rejection of the very existence of Naga Nation and denial of its rights as an entity among the nations. It therefore regretted that the state home minister was trying to drag the Naga nationalists as anti-social elements, through a statement that denied “his own self as a Naga.” Besides asking him to disown the statement and clarify stand on the protracted Naga movement, the NSCN (I-M) also asked Imchen to point out clearly which underground factions were carrying out extortion. It said that the home minister’s statement needed proper introspection on the issue to clear from misunderstanding by the general public. Stating that no government could survive or run its administration without taxation, the NSCN (I-M) said it was mandatory and binding on the part of every citizen to pay tax to their government. It further claimed that taxes were not collected through coercion or threat. The NSCN (I-M) maintained that “no authority on earth” could stop it from realising taxes from the people. It warned of serious consequences if any individual or groups were indulging in extortion activities by impersonating the NSCN (I-M).

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