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Rio seeks PM’s intervention
Published on 11 May. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio has urged prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh to immediately intervene to resolve the volatile situation in the Nagaland-Manipur border areas and sought an official statement explaining the government of India’s position on the issue.
Rio in a letter addressed to the prime minister said that the state cabinet during an emergency meeting held Monday, to take stock of the situation, was unanimous in its decision to seek union government’s immediate intervention to prevent further escalation of the “undesirable” situation to other areas.
Furnishing the cabinet’s suggestions to the union government, which he said, the latter might urgently apply, Rio sought an official statement on how the situation had built up as the visit programme of NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah to Ukhrul district of Manipur was chalked out with the prior approval of the government of India.
Rio furnished the state cabinet’s suggestions that the central government might see that the armed police forces of Manipur were withdrawn from the Naga inhabited areas of Manipur particularly in the sensitive areas along NH 39. To defuse the situation and restore the confidence of the people enabling them to return to their homes, the Nagaland cabinet suggested deployment of central paramilitary forces in place of Manipur armed forces.
It also suggested an urgent visit to the affected areas by a high level central team to study the situation on the spot and make correct assessment of the causes and effects and make necessary recommendations for resolving the situation. Rio said the government of India might prevail upon the Manipur government to urgently take steps to rehabilitate the displaced Nagas and make arrangement for safe return to their respective homes.
Enlightening the prime minister on the possible consequences the situation might cause, the chief minister said the volatile situation has the potential of spreading to all other areas of Nagaland and Manipur, even jeopardize the inter-state relation and also the ongoing Naga peace talks. Rio said the situation was first created due to the “unwarranted and unjustified” decision of Manipur government to deny Muivah his birthright of visiting his native village for a peaceful purpose.
He also apprised Dr. Singh that the bodies of two youth who were shot dead on Thursday were still lying with the Manipur police.

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