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Naga bodies condemn Manipur police action
Published on 7 May. 2010 1:54 AM IST
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Various Naga civil societies have expressed their resentment over the “unwarranted firing” by Manipur police at Mao that led to death of two youth, injuring over hundred people and displacing more hundreds of Naga people.
Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation, Naga Mothers’ Association and Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights have questioned Manipur government if it was the way it protected its citizens.
It has also questioned the conduct of Manipur police and commandos under the command of high ranking inspector general of police and other officials who flouted all international norms and conventions of restricting the accessibility of Red Cross to attend to casualties.
Meanwhile, the Naga Hoho has convened an emergency presidential meeting May 8 next. It has called upon all federal units to extend its fullest cooperation at this hour of crisis.
Nagaland Pradesh Congress committee (NPCC) has expressed disappointment over Manipur government’s decision to prevent NSCN (I-M) leader’s entry.
NPCC president I. Imkong, in a statement, said the party was also resented by indiscriminate firing by Manipur police upon innocent public at Mao. It stated that loss of innocent lives and infliction of injuries upon innocent people cannot be justified in any civilized democratic society.
The NPCC has urged all to maintain peace and understanding and not to disturb the congenial atmosphere, when the political talk between the GoI and Naga undergrounds were at such a crucial juncture.
Further, the state Congress appealed to Manipur government to diffuse current situation and allow Muivah to visit his hometown.
Tenyimi People’s Organization (TPO) enraged at the “barbaric and inhuman act” committed by combined forces of Manipur has described the incident to nothing but repetition of August 29, 1964 incident, where “two of our brothers” were shot death while another succumbed to injuries by Manipur rifles.
It wondered why Manipur government and its forces were after the blood of Tenyimi brothers and sisters.
The TPO also accused government of India of playing “dirty and double standard games” to twist and divide the Nagas.
Further, it condemned in the strongest term the killing of “innocent brothers” Meanwhile, the organisation has urged upon government of India to rein on Ibobi government and Manipur government on its forces, and punish the responsible.
It also demanded government of Manipur to immediately extend all possible help to the next of kin of the deceased and also to those injured to meet their medical expenses.
Tangkhul Naga Long describing the Thursday’s incident has said that government of Manipur was not for the Nagas.
According to TNL the action of Manipur government has made them more resolute in their struggle for rights and justice.
“Let it be known that the Nagas are not for raising arms or fighting against anyone; however we can no longer tolerate the continued trampling and suppression of our rights,” they said.
Commenting on the on-going development in Manipur, the Ao Senden has demanded Manipur government to review its decision.
The Senden also blamed the Manipur government for its subsequent consequences of its decision for not to allowing Th. Muivah to enter to his native home town.
Meanwhile, it has “deeply” mourned the dead of all who laid down their lives at the hands of Manipur police for the cause of peace.
Strongly condemning the “atrocious act” of Manipur government, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has called upon all the sections of Naga society to extend fullest support to safeguard common interests, integrity and fraternity amongst the Nagas all over the Naga inhabited areas.
The federation also reaffirmed to intensify its agitation in a more aggressive manner until their demands honoured by Manipur government.
Condemning the “undemocratic and most provocative act” of Manipur government against Naga people, the concerned citizen’s forum, Mokokchung (CCFM) also called upon the Naga people to be more united in dealing with “such immature act of the Manipur state”, which, it described “makes us more aware of our adversaries.”
“we will be stronger and will unitedly defend our rights at any cost,” the forum stated.
Noting that government of Manipur was committing an “unpardonable crime” to the peace loving Nagas, the Mao Hoho Dimapur today said government of Manipur was insulting the “very existence of the Nagas.”
Accusing some local Media in Manipur of reporting that those killed were “terrorists”, the Mao Hoho Dimapur justified those killed were innocent students, who were exerting their freedom of expressions.
Holding government of Manipur responsible for the “murder of democracy”, the hoho said Manipur government should be held accountable.

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