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NSCN factions gunbattle in Tirap district
Published on 16 Jan. 2011 12:40 AM IST
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Civil society groups in Arunachal Pradesh have expressed deep concern and shock over the reports of “furious armed clashes” between GPRN/NSCN and NSCN (I-M) in the district headquarter of Tirap severely affecting the civilian population there.
Quoting reports of the villagers, the civil societies including Indigenous Human Rights Organisation and Human Rights and Law Network, Arunachal Pradesh said both factions were attacking each other and that the GPRN/NSCN reportedly ambushed NSCN (I-M) at Khonsa town on January 13 killing one cadre on the spot. With this the gun battle intensified and on January 14, a civilian who was reported to be a well-wisher of the NSCN (I-M) was shot dead by the GPRN/NSCN.
Further, the civil societies said that the armed groups were roaming in the villages with their weapons and taking positions since early November 2010 causing “great tension and fear psychosis” among the common masses. As a result the villagers could not celebrate last Christmas and New Year, it said.
The civil societies said there were apprehensions that more encounters might take place between the two factions. “We are also deeply disturbed to hear reports that the Assam Rifle present in the area has been conspiring to create and escalate the volatile situation,” it said. The citizens of Arunachal Pradesh earnestly appealed to both the NSCN factions to refrain from further confrontation in the interest of humanity and the affected civilian population. They urged FNR to urgently intervene for early restoration of peace and bring back normalcy of life in the region.
They questioned the silence of both the Central and State governments on the prevailing situation in Tirap and urged them to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of lives and properties of the bonafide citizens of Arunachal Pradesh.

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