NSCN-Assam Rifles tussle over seized arms

DIMAPUR, APRIL 22 (MExN): The stand off between the Assam Rifles and the NSCN-IM completed four days today but there is no sign of easing of tension. According to a well placed source, the main problem at the moment between the Assam Rifles and the Naga outfit is concerning the weapons in their respective custody seized from the other.

The Assam Rifles demanded that the service weapons confiscated by the NSCN-IM from the five Assam Rifles personnel near the Hebron camp be returned while the Naga outfit retorted that it would only reciprocate after the weapons seized from the Naga militants in the last few days by Assam Rifles are returned. However, the same source disclosed Newmai News Network tonight that the matter is being discussed now “at the higher level” in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, stating that adherence to ceasefire ground rules is the “mainspring of ceasefire survival”, a press note from the Ministry of Information and Publicity (MIP) has pointed out that the “haughtiness of the Assam Rifles stands in contrary to the commitment given by the government of India in solving the Naga political issue with all sincerity and seriousness”.

The MIP press note stated that when there was “no visible sign of the GOI doing political responsibility to rein on the hawkish AR troops and restraint them from going its own way  to go against the commitment given to the Nagas” there was little to be “comforted”. “Such superficial commitment is dangerous not only for the Nagas but for the entire Northeast region”, stated the press note.

Terming it as “comforting to learn that the CFMG Chairman Maj. Gen (Retd) N. George has assured to the Naga civil societies that the weapons seized from the card holders of NSCN members would be returned”, the MIP note stated that in “this matter the call of the urgency is that action should speak louder than words (assurance)”.

It further stated that “winning the trust and confidence of the NSCN and the Naga people in such hour of crisis like this is crucially important to build up his credibility as a person who is expected to exercise his power with strict impartiality”.
It was stated that the CFMG Chairman must also take the stand vis-a vis the AR that this is the time to reciprocate as far as the issue of returning arms is concern. “Recalcitrant approach of AR should be discouraged at all cost to preserve the sanctity of the Indo-Naga ceasefire that was signed for the purpose of solving the longest insurgency problem in South-East Asia”.

The MIP note pointed out that the 19th April incident where the 29 AR troops commanded by one Meitei Maj Sukanta nearly gate crashed the “giant Hebron Camp has been severely condemned by many Naga civil societies for it matters their rights and pride as people who have the history that is unique and which must be defended at all cost”.

“Such overbearing attitude of AR towards the ceasefire ground rules is obnoxious in any sense of the term. And given the seriousness of the Nagas in getting their political problem solved during this Second ceasefire in the history of the Naga political struggle the ceasefire should not be converted into monkey business and the blame will certainly go to AR and not to NSCN if something really start going wrong”. (Morungexpress with inputs from Newmai News Network)

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NSCN (IM) blames AR for torture, death of cadre

DIMAPUR, APRIL 22 (MExN): In the backdrop of the recent incidents involving the Assam Rifles and the NSCN (IM), the latter has now informed through the MIP that “Ceasefire violation and human rights violation in the hands of the notorious Assam Rifles is happening not only in Nagaland but elsewhere also”. It was informed that on 20th April one Capt.Yaomi of NSCN was picked up by the personnel of the 19 AR from the jungle in Holom village in Tirap district and tortured to death and his lifeless body dumped in Khonsa District Hospital.

According to the MIP note, Yaomi was not feeling well and was on the way to move out from the village when the AR troops caught him from a jungle hut (Khola). “He was without any weapons in his body. There is nothing to doubt that the case was purely a custodial death”, the MIP note stated.

His body was brought to Dimapur with the help of the villagers of Holom and after conducting condolence service the body was sent off to his native village at Tanrui in Ukhrul. Members from NSCN and others from the civil societies paid rich tribute to him, the press note stated. Capt. Yaomi who was posthumously given the rank of Major died in a far off region of “Nagalim in Arunachal Pradesh in the hands of 19 AR and he remain committed to the cause he had avowed to defend till his last breath”, the MIP note stated.

The NSCN (IM) stated that Maj. Yaomi’s name will be recorded and given a place of honour in the Naga history for the service rendered for the Naga nation. “May his soul rest in peace and may God comfort his family members at such hour of grieve and sorrow”.  MorungExpress

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