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NSCN (I-M) offensive in Myanmar; Swu arrives today
K.V. Nurumi Kohima, Feb 28:
Published on 1 Mar. 2011 12:40 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of the visit of NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu, who will be arriving Dimapur Tuesday, reports of clashes between the two factions of NSCN deep in the interiors of Myanmar considered to be the stronghold of GPRN/NSCN have surfaced posing the biggest threat to reconciliation.
According to GPRN/NSCN sources, the clash between the NSCN factions has being going on in the treacherous Myanmar jungles since past week of February when NSCN (I-M) cadres “intruded” the vicinity of the out post of commander- in-chief, Konyak Region.
Commander, 3rd Brigade, Naga Army of GPRN/NSCN, ‘Lt.Gen’. Neokpa told this correspondent over phone that fighting was still on in five places. He said that in one place called Juyiang, in Myanmar located near an army post, two of its cadres where injured while five NSCN (I-M) men were killed on Thursday last.
One LMG and an SLR were recovered from the slain cadres, Neokpa added.
He also alleged that the NSCN (I-M) had penetrated into the jungles of Myanmar through Anatongre in Tuensang district and that more re-enforcements were being sent from Tizit.
GPRN/NSCN Naga Army sources disclosed that some weeks back, about 80-100 cadres of NSCN (I-M) came close to the 1st Battalion, GHQ, the place where the commander in chief of NSCN/GPRN, ‘Gen’. Khole is camped. However on the orders of the ‘Gen’. Khole, the Naga Army cadres of the GPRN/NSCN did not retaliate in adhering to the Covenant of Reconciliation signed by leaders of Naga underground groups.
The sources said that the NSCN (I-M) cadres, “taking advantage of the safe passage” as per the covenant of reconciliation(COR)moved towards the Pangmei region where the GPRN/NSCN chairman S.S.Khaplang is based.
In response to the offensive, the source said “The Naga Army retaliated against the NSCN (I-M) cadres to thwart their advances purely as a defence”.
When contact, a senior leader in the NSCN(I-M) who spoke on condition of anonymity refuted the allegations of the GPRN/NSCN claiming that the rivals had in fact launched the ambush while the NSCN(I-M)men were “moving around”.
The NSCN (I-M) leader however claimed ignorance of casualties on their but said that the NSCN(I-M) was firm on the reconciliation process and that its leadership had any form of offensive in any manner.
Meanwhile, all arrangements have been made to receive the chairman of NSCN (I-M) Isak Chishi Swu on Tuesday at Dimapur Airport.
NSCN (I-M) sources said that though no civic reception has been made to receive the chairman, host of leaders of civil societies will receive Swu when he arrives along with a delegation of NSCN (I-M) leaders.
Sources revealed that the NSCN (I-M) chairman will hold its highest level meeting with the leaders of Naga civil societies “on invitation” and also expected to meet his old comrades belonging to other factions which may include chairman of GPRN/NSCN, SS Khaplang. It is also learnt that the general secretary of the outfit, Th. Muivah will also arrive Dimapur soon.

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