Only Myanmar returnees within Niki’s group counted, says WC

DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/20/2021 1:54:06 PM IST

Working Committee of Naga national political groups (WC, NNPGs) has declared that it would count only 60 pre-December 26, 2020 Myanmar returnees of Niki Sümi’s group as genuine workers who deserved respect and appealed to all tribal hohos, civil society groups and the church to understand the fragile situation created by abnormal and forceful taxation by “dubious collectors” of Niki’s group. 

Mentioning that it was absolutely clear on its stand that all post-December 26, 2020 recruits of Niki’s group were men of questionable character, conduct and reputations, WC in a press release declared that it would never consider them as Naga patriots.

It also demanded that all defectors must return to their original organisations, while also insisting that Niki Sümi must walk the talk and find a way to think and act for future Naga generations. Allegedly pitch-forked by Indian military, WC said it did not wish any Naga group to be destroyed by “hastily-gathered non-revolutionary elements”. 

Accepting Niki’s argument that he had listened to appeals made by Naga tribes and civil society groups for peace to accept an honourable settlement and appreciating his declaration that he had no political agenda, WC said the problem was on the ground. 

And if his intention was what he said, the committee wanted to know why he was inviting and decorating “vagabonds, social outcasts, petty thieves, multiple defectors, rank/position collectors, proven traitors and morally bankrupt elements” into his fold. This was detrimental and demeaning to Niki himself and the Naga issue at large, the release added.

Alleging that the new recruits and “runaway workers” were killing businesses and entrepreneurship through taxation in Dimapur and other towns, WC said Naga public in general and business community in particular have had enough of these “unprincipled elements” and declared that they would be identified. 

“Even footpath vendors surviving from hand to mouth during pandemic are not spared by these social parasites acting as Niki’s collectors. There is no patriotism, morality, ethics or decency to call themselves national workers,” the release added. 

According to the committee, the tolerance of Naga tribes and civil society against this “atrocious existence” and activities as a Naga political group was baffling given the fact that Indo-Naga negotiations had concluded on October 31, 2019, agreed and declared by all negotiating parties. 

Reminding Government of India (GOI) that it cannot afford to betray Naga people yet again, WC demanded that the surrendered group must be confined to camps away from civilian population and commercial centres like Dimapur or Kohima as per agreed terms. 

It alleged that Purana Bazaar and Padumpukhri colonies in Dimapur where the group was currently housed had become a militarised zone guarded by Indian paramilitary and IRB, claiming that locals expressed deep anger and resentment over daily frisking and harassment of innocent people at every alley in the area. 

Wondering whether this was the way to guard a group pursuing peace, the committee asked why innocent public were harassed constantly and randomly in the name of peace, reminding that this policy had never worked on the Nagas. 

Reminding that Naga tribes declared a solemn desire to resolve the Indo-Naga issue in consonance with “our distinct history and identity”, WC declared that humiliating Naga history and right with political trickery would be an unforgivable crime against Nagas. 

It also declared of leaving no stone unturned to ensure peace in Nagaland. 

The committee clarified that while maximum restraint was being exercised, it would act when called to salvage people’s interest.


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