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GPRN/NSCN refutes news report
Published on 29 Dec. 2009 12:04 AM IST
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GPRN/NSCN has out rightly refuted the news report that it has brought in heavily armed members of Myanmar-based Kachin Independent Army (KIA) to take on its rival, the NSCN (I-M), in two districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Deputy Kilonser, MIP, P. Tikhak in a statement described the news report published in The Telegraph on December 28 as “completely baseless and un-true.” “NSCN-K (GPRN/NSCN) has turned to the Kachin Independent Army for logistical help to build up bases in the twin districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Tirap and Changlang — and heavily armed KIA fighters have already entered these two districts along the Indo-Myanmar border,” The Telegraph quoted a senior police official on Sunday. The police official said the NSCN-K (GPRN/NSCN) had also started a recruitment drive in the twin districts to take on the rival faction. According to the newspaper report, sources said the NSCN (I-M), which has a stronghold in Tirap, had also started recruitment drives in certain pockets of the district. The newspaper added that last year, the NSCN (K) had issued letters to the chieftains of about 15 villages under Longding circle in Tirap district seeking “computer-savvy youths” to join the outfit. Sources said the outfit has computer engineers and other professionals in its ranks. The NSCN (K) abducted 39 school students from Tirap within months of sending notices to 13 villages in the district asking for 200 boys to join the outfit in January last year. The outfit later denied reports of abduction saying the youths had joined the outfit voluntarily. The GPRN/NSCN deputy kilonser said the report was nothing but a desperate attempt by the Indian agencies to derail the reconciliation process among the Naga political groups. It was pointed out that after the signing of Covenant of reconciliation, by the three top leaders of Naga political groups, factional fights among the Naga groups has come to a complete halt in Nagaland. “…the impact of the reconciliation process has also started showing signs in Tirap and Changlang district of Arunachal,” the GPRN/NSCN said. It was stated that leaders of both the faction in Tirap and Changlang have also understood the futility of the bloodshed among the Naga brethrens which has led them to no-where other than loss and destruction among the Naga family. The GPRN/NSCN however said it was unfortunate that Tirap and Changlang did not come under the perview of ceasefire due to which the Naga groups have failed to hold a joint meeting adding “which is why there is always a doubt running in the minds of the cadres who were after one another for a prolonged period of time.” “The Indian agencies knowing the existence of these doubts among the group, wanted to put in more of confusion to make the gap wider and these baseless allegation is one of such instances to spark off a factional fight so that, they can always be the master,” the GPRN/NSCN said. Meanwhile, the deputy kilonser said that the GPRN/NSCN chairman S. S. Khaplang has hailed ULFA chairman, Arobindo Rajkhowa for not succumbing to the pressure tactics of the government of India. Khaplang in his message said Rajkhowa’s bold stand, not to surrender before the colonial India had once again given a big morale lift to all the revolutionary organizations that were fighting for their recognition and independence in the northeast.

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