Dimapur, February 8 (MExN): The NSCN/GPRN (IM) has strongly condemned the raid carried out by the Assam Rifles at the residence of Colonel Temjen Ao of the Naga Army at Chumukedima on February 7.
A press release from the MIP stated that the raid was carried out in the wee hours between 1:00 am to 2:30 am without any provocation. “The marauding AR team ransacked the residence completely. The AR team did not even spare the children present at the residence during the raid,” the MIP alleged.
The GPRN also condemned the raid by the 42nd Assam Rifles at the residence of its Steering Committee Member Teputhe Angami at Tenyiphe 2 village in Chumukedima.
According to the MIP, the raid on January 19 midnight was the fourth carried out by the AR team at his residence in two years. “The reckless AR team not only mentally harassed the family members, but harassed the neighboring villagers too,” it stated.
In this connection, the NSCN (IM) termed the raids by the AR team “unwarranted” and maintained that they were in violation of Clause (a) of the agreed Cease-Fire Ground Rules signed between the GOI and the NSCN.
While apprising the wanton acts of the Assam Rifles, the NSCN (IM) questioned the sincerity of the GOI which has been holding a peace talk with the NSCN to settle the decades old Indo-Naga conflict.
Therefore, in order to maintain the sanctity of the Cease-Fire Ground Rules and to create a conductive atmosphere for peaceful political dialogue, the NSCN (IM) called on the concerned Assam Rifles and the GOI authorities to punish the erring Indian Army personnel “who put the peace talk at risk through their heinous acts time and again”.
The NSCN (IM) warned that the Naga Army “will be compelled to retaliate in the event of repeated aggression by the adversaries, for which the entire responsibility will befall on the GOI.”