Taking note of the prevailing situation between the Nagas and Manipur government, Youth Association of Nagaland (YAN) has criticized Manipur government for testing the tolerance of the Naga people.
A press release issued by YAN spokesperson, H. Athrongba Sangtam stated that the ban imposed on Naga leader, Th. Muivah from visiting his native village, Somdal Manipur was nothing but a “diabolic policy of the Ibobi Singh led Manipur government” set to create chaos, sense of distrust, communal hatred and disharmony among the neighboring states. It said the present action of Manipur government was testing the “serenity” of Nagas and at the same time giving a reason to the Government of India as to why the “draconian” Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 has to be reinforced in Manipur state, it added.
Meanwhile, regarding reports of innocent Nagas being held hostage in Imphal valley, YAN has cautioned that any harm inflicted on them would be considered as an attack on the “Naga nation”. Association also held that the world does not belong to one person/race/religion alone and further called upon the people to respect the rights of one another that “all may share peace”.