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Naga nationalism will grow: Imchen
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 May. 2010 1:09 AM IST
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Home Minister Imkong L.Imchen said past experience had shown that Naga nationalism grew whenever force was used and opined that brute force by Manipur would further catlyse Naga nationalism.
While stating that Naga national would grow after the recent brutalities, Imkong however expressed pain that Manipur government ignored that the two killed on May 6 were innocent students whose bodies were undergoing decomposition at the Mao gate police station.
“We’re also a people mandated government, we can’t be taken for a ride by Ibobi government of Manipur”, Imchen said while addressing the NPF members at its first CEC meeting under the party new nomenclature “Naga People’s Front”.
Imkong asserted that Nagaland has nothing to do with the problem in Manipur and the proposed visit of Th.Muivah to his native village came only after the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) directive issued to Nagaland, Manipur and West Bengal earlier. He said as per the MHA directive, Nagaland had taken up security measures for Muivah only at the initiative of the NSCN-(I-M) which was approved by the MHA.
He regretted that Ibobi cabinet had authorized use all forces to suppress the Nagas and that the Manipur government was concocting stories.
Referring to chief minister Neiphiu Rio and some cabinet colleague who went to meet Muivah at Viswema village , Imkong said that the visit was made following the request of the Prime Minister to convey a request to Muivah to postpone his visit to his birth place.
He said the cabinet after deliberations, decided to accompany the chief minister since Muivah was not in the designated camp.
On the assault on three leaders of civil societies in Kohima on Sunday, the home minister claimed that the identities of the culprits are known including the faction they belong. “Perhaps, they’re playing to Manipur government”, he added.
It was also speculated that the Centre has decided to depute union home secretary G.K.Pillai and government of India’s Interlocutor for the Naga talks, R.S.Pandey to Manipur and Nagaland following the request of the DAN cabinet.
The NPF at its first CEC meeting here also welcomed the decision of the Government of India to allow the TH.Muivah to visit his native village in Manipur in an effort to find a peaceful and permanent solution to the protracted Naga political problem.
The party also expressed strong support to the cabinet decision of the DAN Government in condemning the Manipur Cabinet decision banning the entry of Muivah to Manipur.
The NPF also condemned Manipur for suppression of the Naga people’s effort to find peaceful solution to the Naga political problem by using the brute force resulting in the killing of two students and injuries to innocent public at Mao Gate on May 6 and urged the Centre to prevail over the Manipur government in bringing back the volatile situation to normalcy.
It extent its appreciation to the Naga Hoho, ENPO, NSF, APO, SAPO, the public of Viswema, Khuzama, Kidima and all agencies and the State Government for making all out efforts in extending assistance to the displaced persons and appealed to the Government of Manipur to ensure their safe return to their homes.
The NPF also welcomed the extension of the ceasefire between the GPRN/NSCN and the Government of India and reiterated its appeal to all contenting parties to expedite the peace process in order to bring about a permanent solution that is honorable and acceptable to the people.
Further, the NPF also strongly condemned the unwarranted assault on the leaders of the Naga Hoho and civil societies on May 9 in Kohima and also appealed to all right thinking citizens to condemn the incident.
The CEC resolved and recommended that the State Government identify certain commercial crops for the farmers and work out appropriate initiatives to improve the economic condition of the farmers.

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