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GPRN/NSCN reacts to ULFA
Published on 26 Aug. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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GPRN/NSCN has expressed concern over pro-talk ULFA’s warning that it would not spare Nagas living in Assam in retaliation against the NSCN (I-M)’s threat to attack Assamese residing in Arunachal Pradesh , if the economic blockade on Arunachal was not lifted within 24 hours.
The MIP,GPRN/NSCN described the comment as “unfortunate” as it did not “meet the ethics of revolutionaries.”
The MIP opined that the pro-talk ULFA revolutionaries could have been provoked by incidents in the Assam-Arunachal corridor involving few NSCN (I-M) cadres who have “little or no knowledge of the communal harmony that exist among different ethnic groups in the area for centuries.” However, the MIP reminded that it was also a time for all organizations, armed and unarmed, to exercise wisdom and restraint as the region cannot be consigned to flames due to the acts of a “few anti-social elements taking the name of the Nagas”.
The MIP described pro-talk ULFA secretary Jiten Dutta, who made the statement, as “a seasoned revolutionary, well versed with the Naga political issue”. The GPRN/NSCN said it believed DUtta understood “perfectly” that the violent actions of the NSCN (I-M) group did not have any sanction of the Naga people. “It would be an error of judgment if ULFA were to pour its anger on the innocent Nagas in Arunachal or Assam. If Eastern Nagaland was the base of ULFA some years ago, surely he understands the value of friendship and solidarity that GPRN/NSCN under the leadership of chairman S.S Khaplang and general secretary N Kitovi Zhimomi still offers,” the GPRN/NSCN said. The MIP said many of Dutta’s comrades might still be friends with the Nagas beyond the international border. It affirmed that the Nagas and Assamese living in the border areas should not be victimized because of the actions and words of a “few armed anti-social elements roaming along the boundary” and that “these are gangsters and they do not represent the Nagas,” it said.
Maintaining that communal violence was counter productive which all parties should avoid, the GPRN/NSCN said in a “spur of the moment comment” should not destabilize good neighborly relationship between ULFA and GPRN/NSCN within and beyond the boundary. Further, the GPRN/NSCN pointed that it would have been better if the culprit was identified before condemning the whole family.
The MIP said the threat of attack by NSCN (I-M) in the event of road blockade not lifted within 24 hours, “was something which Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments should intervene and protect the citizens against dacoits using and tarnishing the image of the Naga people”. The MIP asserted that Assamese, Nagas and Arunachalis should live in harmony.

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