Naga CSOs also expressed concern for the “long years of the Indo-Naga ceasefire” which is yet to find a solution to the Naga political issue.
“25 years is a long period in human life and 25 years of ceasefire is not a joke”, said VS Atem, Member, Collective Leadership, National Socialist Council of Nagalim or the NSCN (I-M) and Team Leader, Cease Fire Ground Rules Review Committee (CFGRRC). He pointed out that “many things have happened during this period, good and bad. But NSCN is still struggling to solve the problem”.
VS Atem said that while delivering the keynote speech on the occasion of 25 (twenty five) years of the Indo-Naga Ceasefire held at the Mission Centre, WBCC, 7th Mile, Dimapur.
The Chairman, CFMG (Cease Fire Monitoring Group), Lt. Gen. Amarjeet Singh Bedi, (Retd.) was present as a Special Invitee. Others who attended the meeting were leaders from the Naga Hoho, ENPO (Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization), UNC (United Naga Council), Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), NPMHR (Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights), FNR (Forum for Naga Reconciliation), NMA (Naga Mother’s Association), NSF (Naga Students’ Federation), GNF (Global Naga Forum) and Tenyimi Union, Dimapur (TUD). Naturally, they all expressed concern for the long years of the Indo-Naga ceasefire which is yet to find a solution to the Naga political issue.
The occasion was marked by the release of a booklet, “25 Years of Indo-Naga Ceasefire (1997-2022)”, said a press note issued by its MIP.
Meanwhile, the Wancho Region, NSCN (I-M) and Wancho public have taken a strong exception to the “fabricated press release” issued by the joint team of the 40th AR (Assam Rifles) and Longding Police on the July 28, 2022, which stated that 14 (fourteen) active cadres of various groups surrendered before a joint team of the 40th AR and Longding Police.
The claim made by the AR is far from the truth and not based on ground realities. In fact, those arrested cadres were discharged from active service on ground of family and health issues and the question of “surrender” never applies to them. They were discharged 5 to 20 years ago, said NSCN (I-M).
The NSCN (I-M) claimed that the cadres were picked up by the 40th AR and Longding Police from their residences by force, ignoring their status that they are no longer NSCN members. “Such indulgence in false statement by the AR is not the first time. It was done on earlier occasions as well. But the public is aware of the game plan of the AR. Nothing is far from the truth and the AR simply cannot fool the people at all time”, said NSCN (I-M).