Some References News on NSCN, Naga land

                                      

  1. “NSCN strikes against all addicts, whores in Ukhrul,” Nagaland Post, May 15, 1991.
  2. “Nagas must unite, says IBRF,” The Northeast Times, Guwahati, July 26, 1991.
  3. “Nagas must unite, says IBRF,” Northeast Times, July 26, 1991.
  4. “New turn to NSCN struggle,” Sentinel, June 29, 1992.
  5. “Naga leaders attended World meet of Militants,” Telegraph, March 30, 1993.
  6. “NSCN-IM redraws its strategy,” Sentinel, February 21, 1995.
  7. “Bomb blasts in Lumding,” Sentinel, February 26, 1995.
  8. “Deal with NSCN-IM alone won’t solve Naga issue: NSCN-K,” Sentinel, October 10, 2001.
  9. “Frozen hearts produce dangerous politics,” The Pioneer, Delhi, August 5, 2001.
  10. “Reasoning Together, Naga Students’ Federation, Kohima, 2001, pp. 4-5.
  11. “NSCN-K offers month-long truce to rivals,” Assam Tribune, December 19, 2001.
  12. “Naga Reconciliation Process,” North East Frontier, January 2002, pp. 9-10.
  13. “NSCN (K) cautions Isak Swu,” Nagaland Post, August 27, 2002.
  14. “NSCN-K ready for talks,” Asian Age, July 12, 2002.
  15. “New faces in NSCN-IM,” Asian Age, July 3, 2002.
  16. “Security alert as NSCN factions spar,” Hindustan Times, August 27, 2002.
  17. “Naga Consultative Meeting,” Asian Age, July 21, 2002.
  18. “The voice of Khaplang, Shangrila debate,” Statesman, July 27, 2002.
  19. “NSCN-K ask people to forgive and forget”, http://www.northeasttribune.com, Accessed on July 24, 2003.
  20. “NSCN factional clash on”, Assam Tribune, Guwahati, April 22, 2003.
  21. “NSCN-IM alert routine: Forces”, The Asian Age, Delhi, June 29, 2003
  22. “How NSCN-IM manages its budget”, The Hindustan Times, Delhi, March 1, 2003.
  23. ‘Joint militant forum against ‘greater Nagaland’, nenanews.com
  24. “Anti-landmine deal signed by NSCN-IM,” Sentinel, October 22, 2003.
  25. “NSCN-IM on wildlife preservation,” http://www.northeasttribune.com, November 2, 2003.
  26. “NSCN breakaway outfit wants its own pound of flesh”, Times of India, January 27, 2003.
  27. “Khaplang men die in rival fire,” Telegraph, September 6, 2003.
  28. “Delhi fumes as NSCN reaches American shores”, Asian Age, August 19, 2003.
  29. “Naga peace process,” Assam Tribune, August 3, 2003.
  30. “NSCN-K in quest for lost ground,” Telegraph, September 30, 2003.
  31. “Defection game on Naga rebel turf”, Telegraph, October 17, 2003.
  32. “NSCN-K death-threat charge on rival,” Telegraph, January 26, 2003.
  33. “Tribal feuds impede Naga peace talks,” Times of India, January 18, 2003.
  34. “NSCN (IM)-Delhi can’t bring Naga peace,” Sentinel, October 28, 2003.
  35. “NSCN-IM is government sponsored, they are betrayers: NSCN-K,” Times of India, July 29, 2003.
  36. “GPRN Statement,” Eastern Mirror, Kohima, May 18, 2003.
  37. “Khaplang factions’ strikes a jarring note,” Telegraph, January 7, 2003.
  38. “Factional fights continue”, North East Sun, Delhi, vol. 7 no. 13, February 1-14, p. 5.
  39. “No solution without Naga unity, says NSCN-K,” Times of India, May 18, 2003.
  40. “NSCN-IM is government sponsored, they are betrayers: NSCN-K,” Times of India, July 29, 2003.
  41. “Crime rate increases,” Nagaland Post, January 12, 2003.
  42. Sashinungla, “Nagaland: The Dynamics of Extortion,” South Asia Intelligence Review, vol. 2 no. 22, December 15, 2003, South Terrorism Portal, http://www.satp.org.
  43. “NSCN cadres cause tension in Tuensang,” Shillong Times, August 7, 2003.

 

Conversation With Mr. Khaplang

By: Thomas | NNC Member.

After eight years of NSCN formation, Mr. Khaplang realized the wrong policy of Muivah and hence decided to apart from him, which led the NSCN split into two factions in 1988. Soon as the split took place among them, Mr. Khaplang declared he stands for unity and solidarity of Nagaland and announced that he will welcome Naga national leaders, public leaders, Church leaders and student leaders who would like to talk with him for national unity and reconciliation.

I took his declaration as a good gesture and opportunity for meeting him to talk for national unity and thus boldly decided to go to meet him. I started from Kohima on 27th November, 1990, along with two other NNC Central Committee Members namely Messrs Ku-o Angami and I. Toshi Ao. We reached the NSCN-K’s Council Headquarters (CHQ) Thingpa, Heimi Region on 6th January 1991. I take Mr. Khaplang as my own elder brother since we are from the same Heimi Region and our discussion was frankly as brothers.

I suggested him to break the barrier which prevents us to stop killings and reunification by denouncing the formation of NSCN as wrong. To form the socialist government was purely the idea and policy of Muivah but not yours, and you have the right to declare the formation of NSCN was wrong.

I felt regretted for Mr. Khaplang blatantly rejected my suggestion, saying: do you think that I was used by Muivah pinching on my ear? As we have no sustainable understanding for national unity, we insisted him and his colleagues to have peace among us (between NNC/FGN and Khaplang group), to which they agreed and signed for peace on 10th January 1991 and we returned back on January 12, 1991.

After ten years, that was in 2000: I went to meet him (Khaplang) again and reached at his Laa Hong CHQ on September 18. I told him; I could reach you after ten years taking the grave risk of my life, for I don’t want the killing among the Nagas and take the risk of my life in the interest of national unity. Since 1991, we could maintain peace among us, and through which we could save many lives. Again today, if we could take another positive step in the interest of peace and reconciliation, we will save many lives again. Unless you denounce the NSCN and relinquish it, there is no way to stop the killings. You may intensively fight against IM group but you can’t overpower them and neither can IM group do to you. But only losing of more lives will be counted sad fully as the result of fighting in between you (IM and K groups). You know the fact by now that Muivah and Isak have politically failed. Their failure is yours as well. Because, even if you are in two different groups, but are in the same NSCN. But if you think, you have optimistic to achieve our cherish goal, please tell me, I’ll absolutely support you and follow you. But he told me nothing. And then I asked him, why then you don’t want to rejoin the NNC/FGN again? What is the reason? Please tell me frankly.

He said; I have three reasons: “the first, I cannot accept the observing Nagaland Independence Day by the NNC. Because the declaration of independence in 1947 was, the Nagas who were under the British colonial rule declared themselves freed from the British colonial rule. As we are free Nagas, we will not accept it. We will observe only the day, our independent and sovereignty is recognized by the world. Secondly, I do not accept calling to rejoining the FGN, for the FGN was formed without participation of free Nagas but only the Nagas who were once under the British rule. Thirdly, I do not accept, the Naga country name “Nagaland”, that is only the name referred to the present so-called Nagaland State. I prefer to have our country name as “United Nagaland”.

My explanations on his points were: that the Nagas in fact did not need to declare independence in those days because we all were free and independent people, but our leaders had done it in order to safeguard the sovereignty of Nagaland in those days of changing world so that no nation could challenge us in the future. To become the British subject, we have no treaty and agreement with the British, and therefore the British have no point to declare granting independent to Nagaland and neither did the Nagas need to declare that they were freed from the British colonial rule. We all were free people and yet, the intention of our leaders to announce our age-old independence to the outside world was only to let the world know the Nagas will remain independent as in ancient time. But not as we were freed from the British rule.

On the Second point: It was explained that the FGN was formed not only by the Nagas who were under the British occupation but including free Nagas from the North-east such as Konyak, Khiamniungan, Chang, Sangtam, Yimchunger and Phom. Among free Nagas, only Heimi and Somra Nagas did not participate due to lack of information and communication.

On the third point: I told him; according to Nagaland Yehzabo (Constitution), Nagaland is comprised of all territories inhabited by the Nagas. Our country name “Ngaland” was given by the NNC leaders when the Naga National Council was formed on 2nd February 1946, and the same was approved by the Tatar Hoho (Parliament) on March 22, 1956, when the Federal Government of Nagaland was duly formed. The name of Indian puppet state was also given as Nagaland in 1960 by the leaders of so-called Naga People’s Convention. It is therefore, name of Nagaland is not only referred to Indian puppet state but all the Naga territories.

And I continued, saying; if you principally accept my suggestion to work for national reconciliation, I will be staying with you here and take time to make Heimi and Koyank national workers understand on our national affairs. When they have fully understood, we can convene a public general meeting in and around Konyak Region and from there we have to declare the NSCN-K group has formally rejoined the NNC/FGN. This is the only way that we can stop killing among the Nagas and brings national unity once again. But Khaplang showed no sign to agree with my suggestion and I returned back to Kohima again.

Later after three years, I reached to his Laa Hong CHQ once again on January 9, 2003. This time our discussion was the most animated and vituperative. When I started to suggest him again to work for national unity by denouncing the NSCN; he angrily responded me saying: “why are you always urging me to rejoin the NNC? What had the NNC done? If the NNC has the way to achieve our national goal, why Phizo has failed to do it? Why Ms. Adinno could not do it? Why are you always saying that only the NNC has the right to tell Naga national history? No! we all have the right to tell our history”.

I responded him saying: if the NNC did not sow the seeds of Naga nationalism, today you and I will not be here to work for the Naga nation, and we will have no history. The NNC has done a lot for the Naga nation and today what we talk about our national history are only the records of the NNC. For the failure, you talk about is not only to be blamed Phizo or Adinno. As Phizo was sent to abroad by our people, he has done his duty to inform the outside world of the Naga national right, the suffering and plight of the Nagas in the hands of India. His efforts captured world opinion to support the Naga cause presenting before the U.N. However, by the news that Naga People’s Convention had accepted statehood under the Indian Constitution hampered his work in 1960s. Again in 1968, the formation of revolutionary government made his work suffered a severe setback again, and moreover the formation of NSCN did the same to his achievement. The Nagas have no unison voice to support Phizo and his daughter Adinno Phizo and neither did extend financial support to them. Then how can they do to make achievement. Even if you were there, you can’t do so.

You are right to say all Nagas can tell the Naga national history, but my point of view is; even if you or Muivah and Isak tell or write the history of the NNC/Naga nation, it won’t become as a history of the NSCN and neither can use it by the NSCN leaders as a history of the NSCN. This fact already proved by Isak and Muivah that without historical background they have no alternative to achieve Naga national goal. Because when they moved away from the NNC, they also moved away from the history and mandate of the people. The history and mandate of the people are not private properties to be taken away or used as one’s own will, but can be used them within the platform of the NNC, since the history is written and mandate is given on the platform of the NNC. This truth Muivah and Isak firmly said in 1976 that “without the NNC there is no short cut way to achieve our national goal”.

However, in 1980, they reversed their stand, stating; “It is arms and arms again that will save our nation and ensure freedom to the people” and hence started a new history in 1980. But they have failed to achieve their expected goal through arms struggle. We are obligated to fight for our national objective is solely based on truth and historical facts. For this reason I urge you to rejoin the NNC. The NNC belongs to all Nagas and rejoining the NNC doesn’t mean surrendering to the NNC. Please don’t compare our national affairs with mere party politics. The politicians of political party are playing politics to form their own party government, and they can dissolve their parties if necessary in the interest of jointly forming a new party whatever the name they agreed upon. But we can’t do the same way, because we are building our nation and striving to solve the conflict with the aggressors by addressing our history. After the problem is solved with the aggressors, then only party politics will be followed. But for now, we should not divert our nationalism into petty party politics or dilute it with other issues or political ideology.

You are a renowned leader among our Heimi people, your life should not be ended in bad record. Our lives are in the hands of God and we don’t know when our lives will be taken away by our Lord God. The killing among the Nagas started in our time and it should not be handed down to the younger generation without solving it. This is needed to solve by you before you die in the larger interest of our people and for the sake of your good record as well. The enemy is playing delaying tactics to solve the conflict with the Nagas. And as long as we are divided we can do nothing to achieve our national goal in our life time, instead we will be adding to succeeding the enemy’s policy.

As you asked me the question “what the NNC has done?”; so also some Nagas will ask you, what the NSCN has done? What will be your answer? He said nothing. I continued saying; as soon as you have formed the NSCN; you, the NSCN crushed down Khiamniungan Region in 1980, where the NSCN killed more than 500 Khiamniungan people, and then in 1984-85, the NSCN waged war against Lainong Nagas and there too the NSCN killed more than 800 Lainongs and razed down their villages into ashes. In 1988, the NSCN split into two factions, and now the two factions are joining hands with the enemies and fighting against each other. When the Indian elections are conducted the two NSCN factions are intentionally and diligently involving in the Indian elections. By forcefully they are collecting money from the Naga people and building their luxurious lives. All these are not that the NSCN has done? He said; some of Western Naga leaders have been doing as what you said.

The fighting among the NSCN factions is happening according to prophetic words which told you in 1984 through the boy Kummo Heimi in Eastern Nagaland and also Evangelist Athui Zeliang from Western Nagaland. The boy told you the words emanated by the Holy Spirit, that you should relinquish the NSCN setup and rejoins the NNC. If you do not obey Me, more killings will be happened among yourselves. On this Mr. Khaplang said: yes, we failed to obey the words of the Holy Spirit. We were told to summon FGN leaders including President Zashei Huire from Western side and have a meeting hosting a white flag on the hill top between Tsünkhao and Kingphu villages and declare reuniting with the NNC in the spirit of forgive and forget. He narrated it with regretfully. But no action was followed up accordingly.

And lastly, I gave another suggestion to form a committee from his group comprising five or seven members. The NNC/FGN has a committee and the two committees should have continuous and intensive talk for reconciliation. I could come to you once after ten years or five years, we therefore should have continuous talk through our committees in order to build up well understanding for reconciliation. On this my suggestion, he said; I have Council of Kilonsers (Ministers) and should have to discuss with them for your suggestion. But till date he has done nothing for the reconciliation. Now it is running more than ten years again.

Oil drilling ceased following fresh NSCN-IM diktat

HNS/IMPHAL, Apr 30: Oil exploration work in Tamenglong district and Imphal East’s Jiribam subdivision has been totally banned by NSCN-IM, saying no such mining works cannot be carried out in the outfit’s ‘territory.’

Jubilant Energy Pvt Ltd started the oil exploration work in Block-II of Tamenglong and Jiribam, which are parts of Assam-Arakan Basin, in September this year after the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India licensed the company to take up the job in 2010. NSCN-IM has been constantly threatening both the State and Central Governments that no mineral mining works should be carried out within its territory.

This time, the Naga outfit warned the company of dire consequences if it did not complying with its diktat, sources said Wednesday.

Leaving with no other option, the company had to give up the work, they said.

It has been presumed that oil might be found in an area covering nearly 8, 000 sq km within the Block-II on the southwest of Manipur, according to a data maintained by Jubilant Company.

The oil exploration work is being carried out at two sites—Block-I and Block-II—the former, covering an area of 2, 217 sq km, falls under Churachandpur district. No work has been started yet in respect of the Block-I.

Sources in the Company said that underground drilling process at the site was preparing to finalise as the machine was about to reach there soon, but the ban imposed by NSCN had forced the company to stop the work.

The drilling machine can be easily transported by a 24-wheel vehicle. However, the transportation has been disallowed by the State PWD for quite a long time, saying no such heavy machine can pass through some weak bridges along the Imphal-Jiribam route, the sources said.

The sources further said that the Jubilant Company has requested the Centre to bring an amicable solution to end the standoff arising out of the NSCN-IM diktat.

Meanwhile, Manipur Government has said the oil exploration work at Block-II will have to be discontinued until the prevailing law and order situation coupled with the difficulties in transporting the drilling machine is improved, according to a source.

Ceasefire with NSCN-K extended for one more year

Kohima, April 28 (NEPS): The 4-year old bilateral ceasefire between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) has been extended for another 1 year today with effect from 28th April, 2005.The NSCN (K) entered for the first time into a formal truce pact with the New Delhi on April 28, 2001 for 1 year to bring a lasting and permanent solution to the long drawn out “Indo-Naga political problem.” Since then both sides have been extending the truce on a year basis. 

Khaplang Photo by Rajeev Bhattacharyya

Khaplang
Photo by Rajeev Bhattacharyya



The crucial high level meeting between the representatives of the Government of India and the NSCN (K) on the extension of the ongoing 4-year bilateral truce started at 11 O’clock today in New Delhi.

The both sides have unanimously agreed to extend the ongoing truce for another 1 year with effect from April 28, 2005.The representatives from the Government of India included Special Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Union Home Ministry while from the NSCN (K) side were C Singson, Kughalu Mulatonu, Nitovi Aye and Joseph Patton.

“We have a very cordial meeting with the representatives of the Government of India and unanimously agreed to extend the bilateral ceasefire between the Government of India and the NSCN for another 1 year,” Kughalu Mulatonu, Kilonser of the NSCN (K) told NEPS here over phone from Delhi today.

He said there were free and frank discussions in a very cordial manner throughout the meeting.

He also informed that no any other agenda was discussed during the meeting due to the ongoing Indian Parliament Session.

He, however, said revision of ground rules and other issues would be discussed in the next two or three months.

GoI-GPRN/NSCN (NSCN-KK) extend Cease Fire

Representatives of the government of India and the GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) , agreed to extend the cease fire for another year with effect from April 25,2014 after a meeting at Police Complex Chumukedima Friday. It was the second such meeting in Dimapur. The first was when representatives of the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) extended the cease fire on July 31,2007.
Joint Secretary, ministry of home affairs (NE) Shambhu Singh, signed on behalf of the government of India while C.Singson, Supervisor of Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) signed on behalf of the GPRN/NSCN.

GOI-NSCN(KK) extend ceasefire (pic:NPN)

GOI-NSCN(KK) extend ceasefire (pic:NPN)

Coming out after the closed-door meeting , Shambhu told media persons that the government of India decided to extend the truce for another year as it did not wish to fritter away years of goodwill.
GPRN/NSCN supervisor C. Singson, who was also present, described the meeting as “satisfactory” and also disclosed, that the representatives of the government of India reiterated that they were satisfied with the present cease fire.
Asked whether the Centre was ready to hold negotiations with both GPRN/NSCN and NSCN (K) with whom it has been in cease fire for years, Shambhu Singh said the Centre was currently not in a position to initiate talks with other groups, till dialogue with NSCN (I-M) was settled.
Shambhu pointed to “certain conditions” in the cease fire agreement with NSCN (I-M) that “unless we have spoken to them, hand over papers to them. We will not be in a position to ask anybody else to come.” Asked , if it meant that the other groups would have to wait till settlement was arrived at with NSCN (I-M), Shambu replied: “most likely, yes”.
He said people were aware of the condition agreed upon, that talks would be with the NSCN(I-M). He said unless that happened, “we cannot start a formal talks with any other group.”
When told that the GPRN/NSCN was willing to start dialogue, Shambu acknowledged it and added “please wait”.
On NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th.Muivah blaming the government of India for delaying solution, Shambhu said the issue was between the government’s interlocutor and the NSCN (I-M). “I am no one to comment. I would rather not speak about it because I don’t talk to them. Only the interlocutor talks to them”, he said. On the outcome of the meeting, Shambhu said it was basically for extension of the cease fire and to review any “serious mistakes” so as to take corrective measures.
Ask about extension of cease fire with NSCN(K), he said it would depend on whether the group approached the Centre. Shambhu disclosed that NSCN (K) has not yet approached the government of India.
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On GoI-NSCN (I-M) talks 
Reacting to Shambhu Singh’s statement, GPRN/NSCN supervisor C. Singson termed the dialogue between the government of India with NSCN (I-M) as a “mistake” and said the Centre should admit it.
Meanwhile, talking to Nagaland Post on the sidelines he said it was a mistake on the part of the government of India to start talk only with one group by thinking that it would solve the Naga issue. Even after 15 to 16 years of talking, no solution has materialised, he said.
Singson explained that the talks with NSCN (I-M) has become a “stumbling block for all other groups” as any settlement would not be acceptable to them.
Singson said there was no transparency in the talks and despite the past 15 to 16 years, both have failed to find any solution. He said since nobody knows what was being discussed except the two sides, it has become “ a stumbling block for Nagas to come forward”.
Earlier, when asked if GPRN/NSCN was prepared to wait for years till a solution was arrived at between the Centre and NSCN (I-M), Singon said Naga issue will not drag on as leaders currently were “more serious about it.”
He also said Nagas, especially, Naga Political Groups (NPGs) were all responsible for the situation and need to work out something.
Singson said cease fire was within Nagaland and so it was the responsibility of the government of India to tackle and solve the Naga problem.
Representatives of the government of India who also attended Friday’s meeting included -CFMG chairman Lt Gen (Retd) N K Singh, Lt Col Sumit Sheran, Col G Chauhan, Mahesh Dixit, Brig. P Tshesing and S Saha.Representatives of GPRN/NSCN included- Jack Jimomi, Bohoto Kiba, Thungkomo, carlos K Zhimomi and W Chenyem Konyak.  NPN

Sumis snap links with NSCN (I-M)

Dimapur, Jan 7 (NPN) :Sumi Baghi Hoho (Sumi general public meeting) on January 7 at the Town Hall Zunheboto, under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho passed four resolutions among which was to delink all ties with NSCN (I-M) with immediate effect and therefore, all forms of taxations from Sumis to the NSCN (I-M) shall cease to exist.
According to a joint statement issued by president Sumi Hoho Hovishe Arkha, president Sumi Kukami Hoho Ghovito Zhimomi, president Sumi Totimi Hoho Kitoli Naje and president Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu Holuvi Chophy,the January 7 meting came against the backdrop of the December 21 incident where three NSCN (I-M) cadres “inflicted severe injury, committed sexual harassment, attempted rape and murder on innocent Sumis”.

As a consequence of the failure of NSCN (I-M) to hand over the culprits to the district administration, the Sumi public pursued Resolution No.1 of December 26,2013, to flush out NSCN (I-M) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalimi, the signatories said.

Sumi Baghi Hoho also resolved to declare December 28 as ‘Sumi Martyrs Day’ to be observed annually in memory of late Paketo Assumi and late Ghukiye Zhimomi who laid down their lives for the cause and destiny of the Sumi people.

The burial place for the ‘Sumi Martyrs’ was donated by sons of late Kuhozu of Sukhalu village and the place henceforth called ‘Sumi Martyrs Park’.

Further Sumi Baghi Hoho resolved that in the event any faction/factions or group of people, intimidating or committing excesses on either Sumi individual or community in the coming days, “the Sumi public will rise up against that particular faction/factions or group/groups of people”.

Also as per the Sumi Public Rally resolution No.2 of December 26,2013, it was resolved that NSCN (I-M) “shall not be permitted to establish its designated camp within Sumi inhabited areas, which shall be intimated to the concerned authority for necessary action.”

Sumi Baghi Hoho (Sumi general public meeting) on January 7 at the Town Hall Zunheboto, under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho passed four resolutions among which was to delink all ties with NSCN (I-M) with immediate effect and therefore, all forms of taxations from Sumis to the NSCN (I-M) shall cease to exist.

According to a joint statement issued by president Sumi Hoho Hovishe Arkha, president Sumi Kukami Hoho Ghovito Zhimomi, president Sumi Totimi Hoho Kitoli Naje and president Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu Holuvi Chophy,the January 7 meting came against the backdrop of the December 21 incident where three NSCN (I-M) cadres “inflicted severe injury, committed sexual harassment, attempted rape and murder on innocent Sumis”.

As a consequence of the failure of NSCN (I-M) to hand over the culprits to the district administration, the Sumi public pursued Resolution No.1 of December 26,2013, to flush out NSCN (I-M) cadres from their designated camp at Mukalimi, the signatories said.

Sumi Baghi Hoho also resolved to declare December 28 as ‘Sumi Martyrs Day’ to be observed annually in memory of late Paketo Assumi and late Ghukiye Zhimomi who laid down their lives for the cause and destiny of the Sumi people.

The burial place for the ‘Sumi Martyrs’ was donated by sons of late Kuhozu of Sukhalu village and the place henceforth called ‘Sumi Martyrs Park’.

Further Sumi Baghi Hoho resolved that in the event any faction/factions or group of people, intimidating or committing excesses on either Sumi individual or community in the coming days, “the Sumi public will rise up against that particular faction/factions or group/groups of people”.

Also as per the Sumi Public Rally resolution No.2 of December 26,2013, it was resolved that NSCN (I-M) “shall not be permitted to establish its designated camp within Sumi inhabited areas, which shall be intimated to the concerned authority for necessary action.”

Molest fury shadow on Naga peace talks

New Delhi, Dec. 30: Public anger over a molestation case involving alleged cadres of Naga militant group NSCN (Isak-Muivah) has sparked fears of a jolt to ongoing peace talks with the group, though the Centre sees an opportunity to drive a hard bargain.

Two protesters died in alleged firing from an NSCN (IM) camp last week when a crowd marched to the site demanding that the cadres accused of molesting two women recently be handed over to police. The alleged molestation and the backlash unfolded in Ghatashe, a small town around 100km from state capital Kohima.

This is the second time the outfit has faced public ire: people in Dimapur had protested what they had claimed was “unabated taxation” by NSCN (IM) cadres, a euphemism forextortion.

The latest unrest has cast a shadow on a 1997 ceasefire agreement signed between the then United Front government at the Centre and the NSCN (IM). It also threatens the momentum the 16-year peace process was seen to be gathering in recent months, until a key interlocutor quit.

The Centre has, however, smelt a chance to grab a bargaining chip against the NSCN (IM) from last week’s unrest and could resist its demands on integration of Naga pockets in other northeastern states such as Manipur.

“Killing of civilians amounts to abrogation of ceasefire,” Shambhu Singh, joint secretary (the Northeast) in the Union home ministry, said when asked about media speculation that the Centre could end the ceasefire pact.

The state government headed by Neiphiu Rio, whose Nagaland People’s Party(NPP) backs the cause of a larger Naga homeland championed by militant groups and was re-elected this March, is accused by some of silently watching from sidelines as the law and order worsened.

The fresh unrest and the alleged state indifference have triggered fears that sectarianviolence could spread to Dimapur, a Nagaland business hub bordering Assam and dubbed a “melting pot” as it is inhabited by Nagas and people from other states.

Singh, the joint secretary in charge of the Northeast, admitted the Centre feared the unrest could spread to Dimapur. Another setback was the resignation of R.S. Pandey, the Centre’s interlocutor in the talks. He was once the state’s chief secretary. – Telegraph India