General Secretary, NCP Northeast, Neiba Ndang has urged Centre to immediately intervene to restore normalcy in Manipur.
He said present crisis in Manipur could have been averted had better sense prevailed with both the central and Manipur governments. NCP (Northeast) secretary general in a press statement said decision of Manipur government to prevent the NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah to visit village Somdal in Ukhrul district was responsible for the situation including the tragedy at Mao Gate.
“I don’t see anything wrong in Muivah’s desire to visit his native village. But instead of trying to bring the situation under control, Manipur government chose to aggravate it by using force,” Ndang said.
The former Nagaland Assembly Speaker also said “double standard” policy of Centre was not “appreciable.”
On Manipur government accusations of “interference” hurled at Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Ndang said such accusations were uncalled for as Rio as Naga has every right to voice his concern about the plight of fellow Nagas, as well as on humanitarian ground. Conveying condolence to the bereaved family members of the students gunned down by the Manipur police commandoes, he also prayed for speedy recovery of those injured in the police firing.
Ndang further conveyed gratitude to all civil society, government agencies and individuals for extending all possible help to the injured and displaced Mao villagers.