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Assam Rifles raid in Chedema condemned
Published on 21 May. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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NSCN/GPRN Angami Region has strongly condemned the “unwarranted act” of 16 Assam Rifles (AR) which raided the residence of its steering committee member “deputy kilonser” K. K Angami at Chedema village, Kohima May 19. Angami Region secretary Ato, slammed the 16 AR under Col.Navin of breaking into the residence of K.K Angami in his absence and looting ammunition, cash and documentary records.
The statement alleged that such an act was in total violation of the laid down cease fire ground rules and a direct challenge on the Angami Region as Assam Rifles were staying in Angami jurisdiction.
The Angami Region also demanded that the AR return the seized ammunitions along with cash and documentary records.
Further it cautioned the AR to desist from involving in such “provocative act”, as it might hamper the peaceful situation. The secretary further cautioned that “silence does not mean that we cannot retaliate”. He said the Angami Region for adherence of the cease fire ground rules so as not to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.
Further, it claimed that the two youths caught by the Assam Rifles were innocent villagers and not its members. The Angami region identified the arrested as- Ngopi, a theologian and Viphrekhotuo, a farmer and demanded that they should be immediately released without any harm.
CYSA, CVYO condemns
Meanwhile, Cherüdiki youth & sports association (CYSA) and Chedema village youth organization (CVYO) have strongly condemned the May 19 raid carried out by 16 Assam Rifles at the private residence of NSCN (I-M) “deputy kilonser” K.K Angami at Chedema village.
CYSA, which composes of four villages, termed the raid as “unlawful” while expressing shock over the incident. CYSA alleged the raid indicated that “Indian government cannot be trusted under any circumstances or agreement made for resolving the Naga political issue.”
It also said the raid “clearly proved that Indian army” was creating obstacles to the ongoing “Indo-Naga political dialogues”.
CYSA asserted that whether over ground or underground, Nagas have every right to settle anywhere in their own land and every right to fight or protect their motherland. It maintained that the Indian Army cannot deny Nagas “their natural rights anymore like in the past” when they suppressed “Nagas for several decades.”
CYSA reminded that in the past, Naga civilians were murdered and some rendered homeless because of no fault of theirs. It asked the Army to realize that such unlawful act would bring no peaceful solution.
Further, the CYSA urged law enforcing agencies to look into the matter with seriousness and punish the AR personnel involved in the incident which was intentionally aimed at violating the ceasefire ground rules so that such “uncivilized act” was not repeated in future.
CYSA also urged all right thinking citizens supporting the prevailing ceasefire ground rules between Centre and the NSCN (I-M), to condemn such “unlawful acts” committed by the Assam Rifles.
In another statement, the Chedema village youth organization (CVYO) has condemned the raid and reminded that such act would not bring any peaceful solution but only create further misunderstanding and suspicion between the Naga civil society and the Indian Army.
CVYO further vouched that the apprehended youths- Viphrekhotuo- was its member and had nothing to do with any anti-social element or underground factions.
It said the other apprehended youth identified as Nopi was a student of Miracle Theological College, Dimapur.
CVYO also appealed to the authority responsible to take immediate action for their early release without any pre-condition.
It also appealed to the law enforcing agencies that any cases against K.K Angami be dismissed if the Centre was sincere in resolving the Naga political issue since the Assam Rifles had adversely created insecurity among the innocent inhabitants of the village in particular and Nagas in general.
CVYO also called upon different Naga organizations to condemn such “uncivilized acts” of the Indian Army.
CVYO warned that such unlawful act would not be tolerated within its jurisdiction and urged Assam Rifles authority to refrain from such acts in future.

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