Ceasefire on one hand and military aggression on the other: NSCN (IM)

DIMAPUR, JULY 12 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) has accused the Government of India of engaging in “state sponsored terrorism” in a time of ceasefire. 

Making its first public statement, through a press release, in connection to the July 11 killing of 6 of its cadres in Longding district, Arunchal Pradesh, the NSCN (IM) held that its soldiers were killed in cold blood on “the fabricated ground that they were planning to execute mischievous mission as claimed by the DGP of AP police.”

The release, issued by the Naga Political Group’s Ministry of Information and Publicity, questioned as to what the Government of India is trying to gain by targeting the NSCN (IM) at the slightest pretext, when the former’s hands are full already in the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-China borders. 

While claiming that the GoI is venting its frustration with China on the NSCN (IM), it said that the latter’s existence should not be construed as a nuisance to India. It added that the prevailing Indo-Naga truce is evidence of the Naga “goodwill towards India to live in peaceful coexistence.” 

“Indo-Naga Ceasefire of 1997 is for peace and political negotiation to bring permanent peace in Nagalim after mutually agreeing to accept the points of conflict taking into consideration the historical and political legitimacy of Naga movement. The signing of 3rd August, 2015 Framework Agreement was a milestone in the Indo-Naga political talks,” it said. 

On the contrary, it said that an agreed ceasefire on one hand and military aggression on the other has “stamped to the ground” the spirit of the 23-year old truce.   

Without specifying any name, it further accused “certain electronic media” of painting the NSCN (IM) in a bad light, which it claimed is part of “Indian state sponsored media campaign.”

The NSCN (IM), in the release, also mourned the loss of its six soldiers terming them as martyrs, who made the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom.