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NSCN (I-M) man ‘disappears’ in Nepal
DIMAPUR, OCT 2 (NPN):
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Published on 3 Oct. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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The head of the NSCN (I-M)’s foreign affairs went missing in Nepal since September 27 last, after he landed in Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, from Bangkok by Royal Nepal Airlines.
Naga Human Rights bodies have claimed he was arrested by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – India’s intelligence agency – in collusion with the government of Nepal inside the airport.
According to Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) the victim, identified as Anthony Shing (49) a.k.a. Ningkhan Shimray, in a case of “enforced disappearance”, was purportedly taken into custody by unidentified intelligence personnel of India and Nepal.
Anthony, who had been participating in peace talks with union government since 1997, was on his way to India to attend the next round of peace talks, said NPMHR secretary general Gina Shangkham in a press statement and added that he was scheduled to take the flight to New Delhi on the morning of September 28 to join the peace talk team on time.
Stating that even after several hours of landing he did not appear nor did he get in touch with anyone else of his contacts in Kathmandu, the NPMHR said two associates and a driver had waited for long hours since they were informed that he had departed from Bangkok.
Upon investigations by a human rights group in Kathmandu it was discovered that he landed in the airport and crossed the immigration without any problem but was ‘abducted/arrested’ by the RAW in collusion with the Nepal authorities.
“These evidences have come from eye witnesses and sources from the Government who for reasons of security has requested anonymity as much as possible,” the NPMHR said.
Pointing out that Anthony Shing was a well know Naga leader, and that the incident has deeply affected the sentiments of the Naga people, the NPMHR expressed apprehension that if government of India and Nepal did not take the responsibility and disclose his whereabouts immediately, the anger of the people would grow and threaten the peace process itself.
“The government of India is also answerable to the people of India as a democratic country,” NPMHR underlined.
Meanwhile, relating the similar sequence of event concerning Anthony’s disappearance, the Naga International Support Center (NISC) in a separate statement said it was greatly disturbed by (Nepal government’s) denial of arresting Anthony Shing.
“Since the Nepali Government has no strained relations with the Naga People and those who represent them, as in the past lots of Nagas have been to and have lived in Nepal, it is therefore astounding the Government of Nepal ordered the arrest of Anthony Shing,” said NISC.
Further, it called upon the government of Nepal to release Anthony immediately and unconditionally as it could be committing a grave violation of Human Rights.

 
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