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NSCN (I-M) accuses SF of harassing villagers

DIMAPUR, DEC 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/5/2019 11:45:59 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) has accused Indian security forces (SF) of harassing residents of villages bordering Myanmar and Ukhrul district while carrying out military operation jointly with Tatmadaw allegedly at the behest of national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. 

In a statement, MIP alleged that people there lived under perpetual fear from the joint military operation of the Indian Army and Tatmadaw. 
It said Indian Army personnel had stationed themselves at four villages – Mapum, Sahamphung, Chamu and Phungtha – by occupying government school buildings there.
And though the village authorities had pleaded with the army to vacate the classrooms as the final examination was round the corner, this had reportedly fallen on deaf ears, thereby putting the student community in disarray, even as the teachers are helpless lest they earn the wrath of the forces.
According to NSCN (I-M), security check gates had been set up to frisk every passerby, even as villagers going to paddy fields were being questioned, putting them under agonising distress. Anybody found extending hospitality to its members were beaten black and blue, it alleged.
Mentioning that the Indo-Naga ceasefire had no meaning for the Nagas of these villages because they still lived under the direct control of Indian security forces empowered by the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the organisation observed that though the peace process had been for the past 22 years, it made very little difference to many Naga villages in Manipur because of the double standards of Government of India (GoI). 
Pointing out that the “comfort” of an impending inclusive Naga political solution was never made to reach the villages due to the presence of Indian armed forces, the Naga political group said this sort of atmosphere left much to be desired as it only reflected the insincerity of GoI.
NSCN (I-M) further alleged that Ukhrul district headquarters was seeing pre-ceasefire days with the presence of Assam Rifles personnel who were frisking any passerby and vehicles. This was far from what was envisaged under the ongoing political talks, which was nearing completion pending a final solution, it added. 
Asserting that the ceasefire and peace talks covered all Naga territories irrespective of “artificial boundaries” drawn by the British and GoI, the Naga political group said the outcome of the ongoing peace process would naturally impact all Naga Territories. Hence, creation of congenial atmosphere in all Naga territories in India and Myanmar had become a necessity, it stressed. 
Doubting the seriousness and sincerity of New Delhi in dealing the Naga issue, the group accused GoI for unleashing military might and arrogance at this crucial stage. Mentioning that it was, therefore, imperative that New Delhi immediately stopped the cruelty and restored confidence between the two entities, it cautioned that otherwise things could go beyond what New Delhi expected. 
It accused New Delhi of showing doubled standards, which was “extremely provocative”.
Recalling how blatant human right violations had spread across Nagalim ever since the Indian occupational forces had entered Naga areas in 1955, NSCN (I-M) alleged that most inhuman treatment was meted out to the Nagas by the Indian armed forces, adding this had continued till the second Indo-Naga ceasefire declared in 1997. 
Noting that human rights violation had subsided, particularly tortures and killings, the Naga political group pointed that this was the consolation of ceasefire, with political talks underway to find solution that was honourable and acceptable.

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