DIMAPUR, MAY 29 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) today accused the Assam Rifles of “deliberate attempt to derail the peace process” and stated that the “tolerance of Naga Army, while honoring the peace initiative in search of solution and peace between the Naga People and the Union of India, when tested to the extreme, could result in negative impacts to the common quest for a solution.”
A press statement from the MIP of the NSCN (IM) said that the sincere appeals of the NSCN leadership to the appropriate Indian authority are to “shun deliberate and defiant crossing of limits under the eye of the Agreed Ground Rules.”
“There is bankruptcy of political will, even though committed to resolve a conflict that has unfairly cost both the GoI and the Naga people further, the Home Ministry should not undermine the realization of the successive Indian Prime Ministers and Army Chiefs that Indo-Naga conflict is not a law and order problem but a political problem,” it added.
The NSCN (IM) stated that the recent conduct of 23rd Assam Rifles which has been alleged to have used “natives as human shields to raid the NSCN Camp stationed in Rongmei village, Tazeikaiphun on May 24, 2018” was “nothing but a repetition of Assam Rifles several records of the despicable actions of the Indian military act of cowardice while maneuvering for their next rank.”
It reminded “promotion-driven Assam Rifles personnel” that the NSCN cadres “are respecting the hard earned peace talk, but the repetitive unconventional art of hunting the Naga Army could severely create repercussion that may ultimately distract even if the dialogue is going on in Delhi.”
In a similar incident, the NSCN (IM) alleged that one Sgt. Pangang Gangsa, S/Bn, Naga Army, was arrested “right in front of his wife,” a resident of Wakkah village, Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on May 25, and “brutally murdered by the 6th Assam Rifles.” The NSCN (IM) alleged that the AR had “framed a story of encountering and gun battle.”
“It is no longer the matter of mere condemnation in printed media, it is time to act. This message should be relayed to the Indian authority that the Naga Army shall not be held accountable should the peace initiative be seriously disrupted out of any action suitably replied against the Assam Rifles’ constant provocative actions,” the NSCN (IM) stated.