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NSCN (I-M), Tangkhul unions flay AR
Published on 18 Aug. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Aftermath the August 12 firing incident in Ukhrul and the consequent allegations and counter-allegations, both the NSCN (I-M) and the Tangkhul organizations have flayed the Assam Rifles for issuing “fabricated allegations.” Clarifying the “unfounded, fictitious and fabricated allegations” and claims made by the Assam Rifles, the MIP/GPRN in a statement said that the incident was a deliberate violation of cease-fire ground rules undermining the agreed terms and conditions to create needless situations to meet their (AR) own vested interest as ‘usual’. It pointed out that on June 14, 2001, the then prime minister of India, A.B. Vajpayee, issued an official clarification saying that the cease-fire between India and NSCN applied to all the areas where they have been fighting. The NSCN (I-M) said the AR statement that it would continue to operate professionally and effectively against underground cadres and ensure safety and security of populace was a “mockery” of justice to maintain peace and security in the region with rampant human rights violations, atrocities and harassment against the innocent general public just to fool the public with their persistent misleading sinister campaign in the region. The NSCN (I-M) also seriously viewed the “irresponsible and controversial” statement of the Cease-Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) chairman, Lt. Gen (Retd) Mandhata Singh who said that his jurisdiction was limited to Nagaland only and that he had no comment on the incident. The MIP/GPRN questioned the chairman as to whether he has been authorized to make such unwarranted statement or that he was ignoring and denying his own responsibility as a responsible person who has been assigned to oversee and contain such untoward incidents in the region as per cease-fire agreement. (full text on p 4) Meanwhile, reacting to reports in the local dailies in which the PRO, IGAR (S) alleged that the massive protests that took place in Ukhrul against the excesses of the Assam Rifles in Phungyar Block, Ukhrul District was “at the behest of the NSCN (I-M),” the Tangkhul organizations have asserted that such allegations did not arise. The Tangkhul frontal organizations including Tangkhul Naga Long (Tangkhul Hoho), Tangkhul Shanao Long (Tangkhul Women’s League), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (Tangkhul Students Union), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (Tangkhul Youth Council) and Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (Tangkhul Village Chiefs Association) in a joint statement signed by their respective presidents besides the Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) signed by its convenor said it was apparent that resorting to such “baseless insinuations” have been the modus operandi of the Assam Rifles. “Such statements point to the inability of the Assam Rifles to gauge and understand the desire of the Naga people for peace and justice,” the Tangkhul organizations said and added that the statements were desperate attempts to cover up their (AR) excesses and wrongdoings. The Tangkhul organizations also said they have recorded statements of villagers in the area which made it “hard” for them to believe the “professionalism” exhibited by the Assam Rifles during the recent military operations. It said the recorded statements categorically established that the Assam Rifles resorted to tactics that violated the physical and emotional security of villagers. The Tangkhul organizations asserted that the Naga people in general and the Tangkhuls in particular were mature and intelligent enough to make their own decisions and formulate their own opinions. “Considering all these, the question of the NSCN (I-M) influencing the opinions of the people does not arise and will not arise,” it affirmed. The six organizations also pointed out that the mass movement of the Nagas had been carried out since the beginning of the last century. They said that the conscience of the people was very clear and that they wanted “just peace” in their land. The Tangkhuls reiterated the declaration adopted during the torch rally on August 16 to remain committed to the peaceful and just resolution of the “Indo-Naga” problem and support to the ongoing peace process.

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