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NSCN (I-M) refutes to GPRN/NSCN
Published on 22 Nov. 2009 1:22 AM IST
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Responding to rival GPRN/NSCN accusation that the regional workers in Lotha and Rengma regions were arrested and detained by it, the NSCN (I-M) clarified that they were released after their identities were established in the presence of Rengma Hoho and village council. According to NSCN (I-M) PRO, Naga Army ‘Col’ Levi Zimik, the version of the rival GPRN/NSCN was “a totally different story” regarding the arrest of Phukuto Khing, Razuo Peyu, Kulalo Khing, Khapur, and Sohilo Kemp. Stating that the “factual picture” has to be exposed and story told for public consumption, “Col” Zimik said the arrested rival cadres had earlier been warned a number of times to stay at distant from the vicinity of Vephutso Battalion, Naga Army. However, the rival cadres continued to ignore such warnings and “forbearance” shown , he said. Underscoring that it valued the peace process initiated by FNR, the NSCN (I-M) however said when something went wrong at the hands of certain persons, which tarnish the image of “national workers”, some kind of action cannot be avoided. “Placed under such compelling situation the Naga Army has to exercise the option of arresting them,” said the NSCN (I-M) Naga Army PRO. Further it was stated that “on establishing their identity they were released without further delay in the presence of the Rengma Hoho and the Village Council keeping in mind the interest of the Naga people and the reconciliation process that is progressing.” Describing the factors for the arrest, Zimik said “their activity is tantamount to any anti-social groups or hoodlums and far from reflecting the behavior of any person who understand and respect social ethics.” On the issue of tax collection, the NSCN (I-M) said the manner of “disorganized collection as practiced by the so called GPRN/NSCN” generated undesirable reactions from different angles. “The above incident could not have happened had the GPRN/NSCN followed certain acceptable norm,” Zimik said. Also, while advocating that there was no deviation as far as their cooperation with FNR was concerned, the NSCN (I-M) PRO said they would continue to extend “fullest cooperation” to FNR for unity among Nagas and hasten the process of “Indo-Naga solution.” “This spirit shall always remain and the Naga people’s wishes shall be respected,” he added.

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