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NSCN (I-M) questions ceasefire validity in M’pur
Published on 16 Aug. 2009 1:26 AM IST
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Questioning the validity of ceasefire in Manipur following Wednesday’s firing incident in Ukhrul, the NSCN (I-M) has alleged that the issue was being fermented by the Okram Ibobi Singh government and propelled by the Assam Rifles which it added was not a new subject. PRO Naga Army, “Col.” Levi Zimik in a statement said that the NSCN (I-M) however did not take it as a serious issue of contention as every sane human would agree that ceasefire was primarily meant for reducing hostilities so as to enable the process of peace building to progress. The PRO said that the ceasefire agreement did not imply that the Naga Army has ceased to exist. “Because, with or without ceasefire, we have our own duty and we know that our primary duty is to defend our land from aggression and secure our people from all forms of oppression, domestic or foreign,” it added. The NSCN (I-M) described the happenings in Ukhrul as being allegedly infested with “sectarian groups of mercenaries” and “syndicates of gangsters” created and groomed by “valley based militants of Manipur.” It said that the Naga army went to do its duty to check on the above but on the way, was allegedly ambushed by the 23 Assam Rifles. “Nowhere in history, has it been considered honorable to stab the enemy from the back during armistice. But in India, this is bravery!” the statement added. The NSCN (I-M) alleged that two of their injured cadres were captured by the AR and “brutally murdered” later calling it a “fierce encounter.” It was also alleged that the AR continued shelling the surrounding areas for days and cut off all means of transport and communication among the locals. Calling its two comrades who laid down their lives as martyrs, the NSCN (I-M) asserted, “to the Assam Rifles, it is a show of their ‘professionalism’.”

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