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‘Assam Rifles should not look to NSCN with criminal intent’, says insurgent outfit

DIMAPUR: The Isaak-Muivah faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has slammed the Assam Rifles over its alleged violation of the ceasefire pact after a recent raid on the house of a senior functionary.

Issuing a release, the NSCN-IM complained that Assam Rifles recently personnel raided the residence of Lentherie, Kilonser in Dimapur at midnight.

Since Assam Rifles claims that raids are carried out under the direction of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GoI, this “demeans” the office of the Chairman of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) or the CFGRs, the NSCN-IM said.

“Significantly, he is a member of the Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC). Such a raid is unwarranted and simply puts the AR in a bad light for arbitrarily violating the agreed Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGRs),” the NSCN-IM release pointed out.

“The AR should not look to NSCN with criminal intent as the zenith of the CFGRs violations is exposed when even the houses of the CFMC members are raided by the AR forces,” it said.

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Claiming that the AR personnel conducted unwarranted raids in many houses all over Naga-inhabited areas, the NSCN-IM added that “it is also surprising that the AR repeatedly raided the same house where nothing incriminating or illegal items were recovered.”

Targeting the Assam Rifles over its alleged violation of the ceasefire agreement, it said: “The agreement signed on the 14 June 2002 between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) and the Government of India (GoI) on Ceasefire without territorial limit has not been honored in spirit and action. Ironically, this nuisance of the AR to dampen the ceasefire spirit never ends and it has become the eyesore of the Indo-Naga political dialogue.”

Stating that it is totally committed to the Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement and the historic Framework Agreement to peacefully co-exist with India as two friendly entities, the NSCN-IM called upon the MHA to stop the AR from over indulgence in freewheeling raids against NSCN members. A peaceful atmosphere and political talk cannot be separated.

The NSCN-IM further “regretted” that the critical importance of maintaining a cordial relationship between the AR/MHA and NSCN is “not respected as demanded by the need to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue at the earliest.”

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