Zeliangrong Region has expressed shock and anguish following the “deliberate and cynical foul” committed by 23rd Assam Rifles against the Naga Army on August 12 at Shakok village, Phungyar Sub-division, Ukhrul district in Manipur.
Zeliangrong Region termed the incident as violation of “Indo-Naga” Ceasefire Ground Rules.
Playing with peoples sentiment in such manner will never go down well in the scheme of creating conducive atmosphere that formed part of the road to ending the Indo-Naga peace process and Zeliangrong Region of NSCN and the people cannot afford to stay silent but vehemently condemn the beastly behavior of AR personnel belonging to 23rd AR, stated a press note issued by Salemyang, Care-Taker CAO Zeliangrong Region, NSCN.
The press statement also alleged that Ceasefire Monitoring Group Chairman Lt.Gen(Retd.) Mandhata Singh ran away from intervening in the Shakok incident saying his jurisdiction was confined to Nagaland only.
The manner of “his shirking responsibility” was something that should be condemned by all who value peaceful solution to “Indo-Naga” political issue and should leave the chair gracefully before “he makes himself another laughing stock” stated the press statement.
Meanwhile, the UT-1 NSCN/GPRN has condemned the incident on August 12 at Shakok village, Ukhrul Manipur where two arrested cadres of NSCN/GPRN were tortured to death by 23rd Assam Rifles.
The action penetrated by the 23rd Assam rifles was uncalled for and was a direct violation of all norms of human rights. When the government of India and the NSCN/GPRN were engaged to settle the protracted Indo-Naga political imbroglio, actions by the 23rd Assam Rifles will “purely throw a spanner” in the political dialogue between governments of India and the NSCN/GPRN, stated a press release issued by the UT-1 NSCN/GPRN. It has appealed to all right thinking Nagas to condemn the action of the 23rd Assam Rifles and other such actions committed by security forces “in the guise” of maintaining law and order in Nagalim.