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War-like situation in Shakok area: NMA
Published on 22 Aug. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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A delegation of the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), along with Naga Women Union of Manipur (NWUM) who visited Ukhrul on August 18 and 19 to extend solidarity with the suffering civilian population following the August 12 incident at Shakok village said it was “shocking” to see the entire area in “a complete war-like” situation where the people were stripped-off of all senses of security and unable to do their normal activities. The delegation which visited Ukhrul to also have “our own first-hand account” of the prevailing situation said women vigilante groups were in constant guard throughout the days and nights as the people were at a loss to understand what might come next. It said that the entire population was overwhelmed by fear, anxiety, anger and frustration as there was no semblance of any law and order either from the district administration or the Manipur government “leave alone the ‘least concern’ of the government of India.” NMA president, Khesheli Chishi and joint secretary, Lochumbeni Humtsoe in a statement said during a meeting at the Tangkhul Naga Long Office, they (NMA and NWUM) were apprised of the details of the incident and the subsequent series of harassments and human rights violations which were meted out to the civilian population. The NMA said that the reported random bombings of civilian areas in and around the villages of Godah, Shakok, Loushing and Loushing Khunthak under Phungyar Police Station of Ukhrul district by the personnel of the 23rd Assam Rifles were highly condemnable and called for immediate intervention from the government of India, if they were carrying out such operations without proper and legal sanctions from the government. It said that the AR was also reportedly employing the services of anti-social and criminal elements to carry out their “nefarious operations.” Given the state of affairs, the NMA implored upon the wisdom of every Naga men and women to set aside their petty and personal differences and rise to the call of such occasions “which have been our history and which are being lived again and again due to our own insensitivity to our responsibilities.” NMA expressed its deepest appreciation to the Tangkhul Naga women-folk for their sense of the “real essence of motherhood” in coming out to defend the lives of their husbands and children through demonstration of their moral and physical courage. Upon their reaching Ukhrul, the visiting delegations were given a rousing reception by the Tangkhul Naga frontal organizations.

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