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NSCN (I-M), family condemn raid by AR

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 12:54:05 PM IST

The NSCN (I-M) has expressed its resentment over the “reckless act of the 32nd Assam Rifles personnel” raiding the residence of Kishore Jeedung, member, Steering Committee at Dhansiripar, Dimapur district.

A press release from its AIP said that the intruders numbered about 20-30 and wore masks and no insignia, deliberately violating the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR), on August 9 at around 6:40 p.m.

The intruders forced Jeedung to sign an NOC which stated that the intruders returned from his house without conducting any form of intrusion or raid at his residence, the press release alleged. It further claimed that right after he signed the paper, the intruders unleashed their real motive to raid and abuse (physically and verbally) his family. According to MIP, the AR personnel tried to loot the family’s possession, but could only seize his Identity Card. 

The ordeal lasted for more than one and half hours until the Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) intervened, it said.

MIP added that the village Gaon Bura and elders witnessed the unfortunate incident.

It stated that despite the cease fire agreement which came into effect from August, 1997 and the same reinstated reinforcement (the CFGR review committee meeting on June 13, 2018) at Chumukedima, to observe in letter and spirit the mutually agreed CFGR, keeping in mind the Framework Agreement that was signed and for the safe landing of the Indo-Naga political settlement, the repeated Assam Rifles offensive against NSCN members is highly condemned, the release stated “and at the same time warned of any possible confrontation.”

In regard to another incident of “unprovoked firing by the Indian Army at New Ngaolong village in Peren” district on August 8, 2018 where a jawan of the 6 Sector Assam Rifles sustained injury, MIP sought to make it clear that it has no intention of creating unwanted situation at this crucial hour. It said that rather, it expects the Indian Army to reciprocate its gesture of respecting the mutually agreed CFGR. “The violation from the Indian Army led to the injury of the jawan which was an unintentional affliction” it stated. According to MIP, a few NSCN cadres who were on duty and resting in a hut were indiscriminately fired upon by the Assam Rifles personnel that compelled the Naga Army personnel to retaliate.

MIP further stated that realizing that Nagas and Indians will co-exist, it was best if the Indian Security Forces refrain from indulging in violent acts that will hamper the understanding that is being built on the basis of shared sovereignty.

In another press release, the family of Kishore Jeedung said that on the evening of August 9, at around 6.40 pm, around 20-30 soldiers of 32 Assam Rifles barged into their house and started ransacking it. It claimed that when Kishore Jeedung intervened, the AR personnel snatched his Monitoring Cell Ceasefire ID and mobile phone preventing him from calling for help. When his son came and tried to help, the AR personnel allegedly started beating him up.

The AR tried to break open the main door using a pinch point crow bar (jambal) the release said. According to the release, the soldiers tried to grab the keys from the mother’s hands and when they did not succeed, they broke the lock and the door’s hinges and handles. It further stated that they even went to the extent of disrespecting culture by cutting the traditional “Dimasa Kamcha” and throwing it. 

According to the release, the 32 Assam Rifles did not even spare an eight year old daughter who they cornered and asked her all sorts of questions instilling fear in her.

It further alleged that after two hours of physical and mental agony they threatened the family with dire consequences and left, (without returning Jeedung’s Monitoring Cell Ceasefire ID card), only when the SIB-IC (Dhansiripar) and the chairman, Ceasefire Monitoring Cell, NSCN/GPRN intervened.

The release said that in a crucial time like this, violation of the Ceasefire was totally not acceptable. “There is a proper way of going about things, instead of just barging in and harassing the innocent. Not everyone in Nagaland is an arms dealer or a terrorist or a criminal. There are innocent people too, caught up in this so called game of politics.”

Citing to a senior politician describing Naga headgear as outlandish and hilarious, it said now the 32 Assam Rifles was insulting the traditional Dimasa Kamcha. “Is this how the outside sees us as? Just mere Objects of fun????? Such behaviour is totally un acceptable” it said.

The family members also expressed gratefulness to the SIB-IC (Dhansiripar) and the chairman, Ceasefire Monitoring Cell, NSCN/GPRN for their timely intervention.

 

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