Remove NSCN (I-M) camps: Mnp govt

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 18 | Publish Date: 5/18/2020 8:41:06 AM IST

Manipur government  on Monday requested the Union home ministry to remove unauthorised NSCN (I-M) camps from Manipur and relocate it in Nagaland.

United Committee Manipur (UCM), in a letter sent to the Union home minister, has also demanded Centre’s clarification and immediate action on the presence of NSCN (I-M) camps in Manipur. Controversy over the presence of “unauthorised” camps of NSCN (I-M) resurfaced recently when some civil societies were seen extending relief materials to cadres of NSCN (I-M) allegedly lodging at its camps in Senapati and Chandel districts.

The “ceremoniously designed relief aids” distribution programmes to the two well established Huthrong Brigade camp in Senapati and Ashiho Chaomi Battalion in Chandel district on May 8 and 13 were reported in some section media with video clippings. Since then, UCM has been pressing the state government to clarify on the matter with the government of India.

Chief minister N Biren Singh, who mat the leader of UCM on Sunday, informed that the state government has brought up the matter to the notice of the Union ministry of home affairs. Singh also handed over a copy of the letter which state chief secretary had written to the Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on May 14 last. In the letter, it was stated that presence of NSCN (I-M) unauthorised camps in Manipur has become a subject of social tensions all the time.

“This issue was brought to the notice of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the past also. Of late, a large number of civil society organisations are openly invited to these camps and these videos are put in social media, inviting criticism from public and also causing embarrassment to the state government.”

“Many valley based CSOs are raising open objection against the open and illegal activities of NSCN (I-M) and the state government is seriously concerned about it,” the letter stated.

In the letter, the state government alleged that the camps exist in the state despite the fact that ‘cease fire agreement does not extend to the state of Manipur.’

The Central security forces which are overseeing these camps also failed to restrain them from illegal activities, it added. “The recent developments of frequent visits of civil society organisations to these locations could have been prevented,” the state government asserted in the letter. 

It also urged the Union ministry of home affairs to take serious note of this and direct the Army and Assam Rifles to control the activities of NSCN (I-M) and also prevent public and CSOs from visiting these camps.

“The ministry of home affairs is also requested to direct them to remove the camps from Manipur and relocate in Nagaland,” the letter added. UCM has also written a letter to the Union home minister demanding clarification and immediate action on the recent disclosure of the presence of NSCN (I-M) camps in Senapati and Chandel districts of Manipur on May 17.

The apex body, in the letter, alleged that the recent event of openly extending ceremoniously designed relief aids to the two well established camps of the NSCN (I-M) in Manipur have definitely proven the unrestrained and open operation of the cadres of the NSCN (I-M) inside the territory of Manipur .

“Such operations contradict the declaration of the late Prime minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the 27th of July 2001 that the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) was not extended to Manipur,” the UCM alleged.

Such act of the UNC leaders also insulted the martyrs of the Great June Uprising of 2001 and provokes the sentiments of the peace loving people of Manipur, it added. 

The letter further reminded the promises and assurances given by former Prime Ministers on the safeguard of territorial integrity of the Manipur and protecting the interest unity and integrity the state while settling the vexed Naga political issue.

Finally the UCM reiterated that any solution of the angst and vexed Naga issue must not be at the cost of the existing collecting socio political, economy and cultural of the state.


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