NSCN (R) calls Governor’s letter ‘unfortunate’

DIMAPUR, JUNE 29 (MExN): The NSCN (Reformation) has taken exception to Nagaland Governor and Centre’s Interlocutor for Indo-Naga talks, RN Ravi equating 73 years of Naga national movement to a mere 'law & order' situation and referring to Naga Political Groups as 'armed gang'.

In a press release on June 29, the NSCN (R) Ministry of Information & Publicity termed it as ‘unfortunate,’ and claimed that the Governor’s ‘attempt to distort’ history was “very unbecoming of an Interlocutor/Governor.”

To this end, it further alleged that “instead of fulfilling his Constitutional obligation is acting more like a ‘terminator of Naga history’.”

“Such Interlocutor who says one thing in New Delhi and does just the opposite, is very ironic, and makes one wonder how divisive and dangerous a mindset such a person carries,” it said.

The Naga national movement, NSCN (R) said, is a history of blood and tears where every single Nagas has suffered at the hands of the more powerful neighbor and asserted that “demeaning our history is like putting 'salt to injury'.”

The NSCN (R) also censured some ‘Naga writers and political parties’ for coming out blindly in support of the Interlocutor and reminded that “Naga history is not your plaything for you to fiddle it around.”

It further expressed outrage at the ‘harassment and ordeals unleashed upon NSCN members’ in and around Dimapur by the Assam Rifles, stating “These callous acts of SF (Security Forces)/AR (Assam Rifles) are very uncalled for and highly questionable.”

It further cited the Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFR) Part 1(D), which states that ‘no raids (especially of card holders) will be conducted by the SF,’ the NSCN (R) questioned why the SF is “conducting blatant raids after raids without any regard to CFGR and CF Office.”

Such unprovoked actions, with “random arrests of Cadres (despite showing CF Card), and causing Mental harrassments to the Victim's family (including minor children) during such 'Wee Hour' is very uncalled for,” it asserted. 

In this connection,  the NSCN (R) asked the competent authorities to discipline and rein-in such activities for the sake of maintaining the “hard earned peace and decorum maintained between two entities (GoI and NSCN).”