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Longvibu’s picnic disrupted; AR plays spoilsports, says NSCN (I-M)

NSCN (I-M) army chief Longvibu Ningkhan Shimray

NSCN (I-M) has accused Assam Rilfes (AR) of repeating “inglorious acts” condemned by people. While the AR in Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh is making another botched operation in Chasa village by injuring two innocent villagers, another group of AR personnel created “dramatic nuisance” within the peaceful precinct

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National Socialist Council of Nagalim or NSCN (I-M) has accused the Assam Rifles of wrongly targeting NSCN (I-M) personnel under the pretext of loitering outside the Designated Camp. This has thrown into “dustbin the spirit of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks that is under process to solve the Naga issue through peaceful means”, said NSCN (I-M).

In a release issued by its MIP, the NSCN (I-M) said that the immediate provocative issue in focus is the regrettable incident which took place on April 2, at Bimila village near Doyapur, where the Longvibu of the Naga Army, along with his family members and a dozen children accompanied by a few of his security staff went for fishing cum picnic.

The AR personnel came to the area three times to disturb the occasion and tried to chase away those who went there on the pretext that it is outside the jurisdiction of designated camp and permission not taken from the AR prior to visiting such a place. The security staff of the Longvibu reasoned with them that such a private family programme should not be disturbed by applying human sense. They also explained to them the need to respect the spirit of the ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue, said NSCN (I-M).

“Much to our indignation the AR pulled back abruptly but within no time came back with more reinforcement by two Gypsy vehicles and one big truck loaded with AR jawans. Placed under such a shadow of threatening gesture, the picnic was aborted”, said the release.

While observing the “inherent recklessness” on the part of the AR personnel, they showed a reckless disregard to the very person who is none other than the Longvibu (Chief) of the Naga Army designated as the official Coordinator for the “Indo-Naga political talks”.

NSCN (I-M) asked if this was the way to handle the Indo-Naga political talks when such a designated official is not duly respected or was it another mistaken identity issue.

“Is this the way to let loose the ghost of the AFSPA on the Naga political group which is spearheading the Indo-Naga political talks? These highly undesirable loopholes that have turned menacingly nasty need to be corrected immediately. Robbing the dignity of the very person entrusted to coordinate the Indo-Naga political talks is certainly a hit below the belt said the NSCN (I-M).

More than that, sense of humanity in keeping with the spirit of ceasefire and peace talks should also be made to prevail during the entire process of political peace process. Nothing should come too costly for the AR to exercise human touch to help drive the Naga peace process to logical conclusion, said the NSCN (I-M).

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