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Published on 27 Aug. 2010 1:17 AM IST
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A cadre of the NSCN (I-M) identified as ss ‘maj’ Ngachonmi Tangkhul was killed and five others apprehended in an encounter with security forces in Tongma colony Namsa (Tizit) under Mon district Thursday morning.
According to a defence communiqué, the incident occurred when a joint team of the 6 Assam Rifles (AR) and the 164 Infantry TA (NAGA) during routine patrol noticed a concentration of NSCN (I-M) cadres in a well established camp south of Namsa. After receiving reinforcement from a nearby AR camp, the security forces surrounded the camp and asked the cadres to vacate. However, the inmates started running and also fired at the security forces, it said.
The communiqué said in self defense, the security forces fired back killing one ss ‘major’ of the NSCN(I-M) on the spot and apprehended five others including one ss ‘capt’ of the cadre.
It said that the camp setup by the NSCN (I-M) was in gross violation of ceasefire ground rules.
Three AK56 rifles, two mortars guns, two single barrel guns, two grenades, 649 rounds of motor shells, 308 rounds of .303 rifle and 21 rounds of M16 rifle ammunition were seized from the militants, AR spokesperson Lt Col A K Choudhury told PTI.
The communiqué said the body and the apprehended cadres have been handed over to the Mon police station. Meanwhile, highly placed sources said that a team of senior Assam Rifle officials rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
NSCN (I-M) condemns
Condemning Thursday’s action of the 6 Assam Rifles at Namsa-Tizit as “shameful, irresponsible and highhandedness”, the MIP of the NSCN (I-M) disclosed that one Naga army ‘Major’ was killed and five others “abducted” along with their weapons and a laptop. It said the incident occurred despite the ceasefire agreement between government of India and the NSCN (I-M).
“This act of the AR is really provocative and vitiation of the peaceful atmosphere in the area” the MIP warned and said the Assam Rifles at Tizit and government of India would be “fully responsible for any fallout of this ugly incident”.
It also alleged that Thursday morning (August 26), Assam Rifles troops “tactically” identified and took pictures of houses belonging to some NSCN (I-M) functionaries in Dimapur area. The MIP also accused the AR troops of harassing family members and their neighbours.
Terming the Assam Rifles as “trouble makers, barbaric and savage” para military force in India, the MIP said the AR which claimed to be “friends of the hill people” were in fact the “real enemy” as per their track records. “The people of Nagalim have scant regard for them”, the MIP added.
Govt appeals restraint
Following the incidents at Mon and Wokha on Thursday, the state government held a security coordination meeting at the state home minister’s office Thursday afternoon to review law and order situation arising out of the “unfortunate” incidents.
It resolved to appeal to all sections of society, including underground groups, as well as the police and central paramilitary forces (CPMF) to exercise utmost restraint while dealing with each other, so as not to vitiate the present peaceful atmosphere in the state, state chief secretary Lalthara, in a release said Thursday evening.
The release said the meeting also appealed to the ministry of home affairs to urgently call for ceasefire monitoring board and ceasefire monitoring group meeting in the absence of its chairman Lt. Gen. Mandhata Singh, who was currently on leave. It was also suggested that the CFMG/CFMB meeting be held under the chairmanship of a senior officer of the MHA urgently, so as to diffuse the situation and sort out all misunderstandings.
FNR saddened
Meanwhile, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has expressed dismay and sadness over Thursday’s Tizit incident, where one NSCN (I-M) cadre was shot dead by security forces. The FNR in a press statement asserted that the “cry of the public” was not to hear defensive versions of such incidents.
Further, the FNR opined that both parties would have been in a “stronger position” if they had restrained themselves “at all costs”. The FNR urged upon all responsible groups to give peace a chance.
Meanwhile, official sources expressed the hope that the incident would not vitiate the atmosphere in the light of ongoing negotiations.

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