NSCN (I-M) refutes AR’s allegations

DIMAPUR, MAY 29 | Publish Date: 5/29/2019 11:17:24 AM IST

In response to the news report from PRO (Defense) of the Indian Army, “NSCN(I-M) camp busted in Manipur” , the NSCN (I-M) stated that “it is unbecoming of Indian security forces desperate to score points over NSCN by presenting their fabricated version.”

The NSCN (I-M) termed the news report propaganda against NSCN and that it will never go far to give a winning point to the Indian security forces.  
A press release by MIP stated that  “quoting the residents of Todaijang and nearby villages shouting out against NSCN will only go towards “establishing the ground reality where security forces are in the habit of forcing words into the mouths of the local residents to justify their action against NSCN.”
 It is very unfortunate of the security forces to have undermined the sentiment of the villagers who in fact have developed deep attachment with the Indo-Naga political issue with the longing for peace to come soon, the press statement added.
The NSCN (I-M) said it was “beyond imagination for the Indian Army to target the NSCN cadres as sitting ducks, adding that vigilant as they are, NSCN cadres were swift to act without leaving anything behind. 
It said that the uniforms seized by Indian Army belong to local hunters and the licensed gun from the hut which belongs to a hunter. 
The press statement added that the hunter’s plea to provide his bonafide identity as owner of the gun was blatantly sidelined by the police and the army.  
The NSCN(I-M) said the arms displayed by security forces do not belong to NSCN, calling it Indian Army’s typical style of presenting their scoring points against NSCN.
Presenting its side of the incident, the NSCN (I-M) alleged that contrary to the version of Indian Army, the civil society organizations (CSOs) of Nungba areas came out strongly against the Indian Army for dismantling three (3) paddy field huts at Mongjarong Khullen (Taodaijang) village, Nungba Sub-Division under Tamenglong district without giving any valid reason. 
The press statement from NSCN(I-M) said the incident happened on May 25 when security forces used three locals including minors as human shield to escort them to the paddy fields where the huts suspected to be used by NSCN (I-M) were located, but the locals strongly denied it.
The press statement by the NSCN (I-M) also stated that CSOs of the area expressed strong displeasure against the security forces, questioning their style of conduct which shows scant respect for the local sentiments while also violating their human rights. 
It stated that csoS pointed out that such arrogance and high-handedness will only create a feeling of insecurity, loss of faith, mental harassment and will only leads to non-cooperation from the public against the Indian security forces. 

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