NSCN (I-M) refutes defence PRO statement

DIMAPUR, NOV 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/25/2019 11:53:17 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) has clarified that Naga youth willing to join the Naga national service out of their own conviction did not violate ceasefire ground rules and nor they were being forced by any local authority or NSCN to do so.

Reacting to a press note issued by defence PRO Lt Col Sumit Sharma that “covert recruitment racket” of NSCN (I-M) was busted in Mon on November 21, which appeared in local dailies, the organisation claimed that ever since the Naga political movement started more than 70 years ago, the passion to serve the Naga nation had been growing steadily and spontaneously among Naga youth because the Indo-Naga political issue mattered to them. 
According to NSCN (I-M), the issued mattered to the youth because it was a question of redefining Nagas’ political identity, their historical and political rights, and thus a question of Nagas’ pride as a nation. This was the reason why young people, irrespective of their education level, continued to be motivated to find their way to NSCN camps and other political groups, it added.
Terming PRO’s statement as “misplaced” and that it went against the historical right and reality as testified in the past many years, NSCN (I-M) asserted that Naga people’s zeal to serve the political cause of Naga nation should not be “undermined and contaminated” in such a manner. 
“The sanctity of the dearest Naga political issue will stand strong to inspire Naga youth, no matter how much effort is put in by Assam Rifles and Indian Army personnel to give a different colour,” a statement issued by NSCN (I-M) added.

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