NSCN (I-M) Chakhesang region clarifies

DIMAPUR, FEB 1 (MExN): Replying to a statement issued by Thepusa of the NSCN (K), “Capt.” Chelo Mero of the NSCN (I-M) today said that “Naga Army is in no way terrorizing the public of Phek town.”  Terming as “totally false” the branding of ‘Sgt’. Aribo as an extortionist, a release said, “We came to know later how he was arrested and tortured. On that day, he was in civil dress and unarmed.” “Naga Army also would like to state that so far it has restrained itself due to request made by Chakhesang Public Organization and its affiliated units, though it is much possible of causing much damage to anti-peace process elements stationed at Phek. Naga Army also expect the CPO office bearers stationed at Phek town not to confuse the Nagas on the what they called same yardstick by allowing the FGN/Khaplang group to constantly provoke, trying to create situation and then put blame on Naga Army. Such doubtful motives will compel Naga Army to initiate its own course of action.” Mero further said the Naga Army has put on record the achievement of “Ihoshe battalion, Naga Army that beginning from the year 2004 till date have released more than 50 (fifty) captured cadres of FGN from Chakhesang region without any harm. So we leave it to the general public to judge who stand for peace and reconciliation and who is not. The Naga Army stationed in and around Phek town therefore, will under no circumstances leave Phek town as long as it is required by the nation. So, all concerned are requested and directed to co-operate with the Naga Army to bring about early solution to decades old Nagas struggle for freedom.”