NSCN (I-M) responds to ‘Operation Kekru Naga’

DIMAPUR, JUL 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 11:05:25 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP, has expressed “ a huge relief” over “Operation Kekru Naga” conducted recently by the “Indian army at Kekru Naga village under Nungba sub-division, Tamenglong district in Southern Nagalim”. 

In the statement, MIP said the operation ended with the “Indian army in general and the Assam Rifles in particular, rejoicing over the arms and ammunition, stolen from the mobile hideouts of NSCN.”
MIP made a correction with the report of the arrest of Thailikpou Panmei by the Indian army. It clarified that Thailikpou was a deserter and thus, terminated from Naga national service on June 10,2019.
Therefore, MIP said there was no connection with Thailikpou having stolen arms and ammunition whatsoever.
However, MIP expressed pain by the operation in Southern Nagalim by the Indian army against NSCN due to the “involvement of many hands as part of the smear campaign to put the NSCN in bad light under the given situation.” 
MIP described as “strange” the approach of the army in presenting “unfounded allegations to the media against NSCN” in order to “defile the political sanctity of NSCN.” MIP said it deplored such a “desperate attempt to undermine the NSCN, at the time of Indo-Naga political negotiation” which has entered a critical stage.
Pointing out that 22 years was “ a long period for NSCN to be negotiating with the government of India for a lasting political settlement”, MIP reminded that NSCN has come a long way while “spearheading the Naga people’s movement for their legitimate political and national right.”
Since the “Indo-Naga issue” is complex, MIP said NSCN has patiently endured all hardship inspite of “the sinister game plans and provocations throughout.” It asserted that no hardship was too big for NSCN to bear with, as it will not gamble with what was at stake, knowing too well the high price Nagas have to pay “in order to find solution for a lasting political settlement.
However, MIP said Nagas feel great indignation by the insincerity reflected on the part of the government of India in “inciting divisive issues in the states of Nagaland and Manipur or Assam to be weighed against NSCN.” MIP said such “retrograde options” won’t help the government of India in “solving the vexed Indo-Naga political issue” to gain worldwide recognition.

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