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Nagaland records most peaceful LS polls in country

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/26/2019 12:04:38 PM IST

With no violence being reported from any corner of the State, Nagaland has recorded the most peaceful Lok Sabha polls in the country so far. This was confirmed by Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) and Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) chairman, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Shokin Chauhan. 

Interacting with media persons at his office here on Friday, Chauhan also expressed happiness that various underground groups (UGs) have accepted the request to re-enter into and renew the ceasefire agreement.
He said on April 15, NSCN/GPRN (K) re-entered into ceasefire agreement, while NSCN (R) and NSCN (U) renewed the ceasefire. And as chairman of CFMG and CFSB, he said he was bound to ensure that the groups did not violate the ceasefire rules.
Stating that he had completed eight months after taking over as chairman, Chauhan claimed to have reduced violence in the State and pointed out that there was no fighting in Nagaland. He said “monitoring of ceasefire was more important than the negotiation”.
On reports of extortions, Chauhan said when he asked the UGs on this during the review meetings, the latter explained that it was “voluntary tax donation” and denied any forcible collection. 
As per the ceasefire ground rules, the CFMG and CFSB chairman stressed that the UGs should refrain from forcible extortions and intimidation of individuals and government officials.
“However, whatever be case, there was absolute peace without any instance of firing from anywhere,” he emphasised.
He said he had travelled the length and breadth of Nagaland, meeting civil society groups, individuals, chambers of commerce of various districts and UGs and held successful meetings with all of them.
Mentioning that he follows ceasefire ground rules very strictly, Chauhan explained that the objective of monitoring ceasefire ground rules was to take away the element of violence. He expressed happiness that there was not a single incident of firing between the IM and Assam Rifles in any district of the State. 
He informed newsmen that currently four groups are into cease-fire agreement – NSCN (I-M), NSCN (R), NSCN/GPRN (K) and GPRN/NSCN.

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