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Nagaland Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

Yimchungrü unions support unification

Yimchungrü
unions support unification(NPT_22_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 21 (NPN): The Western Yimchungrü GBs Union (WY
GBs Union) and Western Yimchungrü Hoho (WYH) have said the move for unification
“made by the Naga Hoho, GBs, DBs, NBCC, NSF, tribal leaders and Sumi Hoho,”
should be supported by all Nagas.
A joint press release issued by WY GBs Union chairman Rijang Yimchungrü and WYH
advisor Tsunthruba Yimchungrü said it was fortunate that the “Lord” had
instilled in the mind of Sumi brothers the need for unification among different
factions, and added “We should be thankful to the Lord for there has not been
much killing after the move for unification and every corner of Nagalim will
belong to Nagas only.” The two organizations also said since Naga unification
concerns the entire tribes of Nagaland, it was not proper to talk about a
specific tribe only.

 

NSCN (I-M)
dismisses 27(NPT_22_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 21 (NPN): The NSCN (I-M) has dismissed 27 of
its members, who had defected along with former Kilo Kilonser (home minister)
Azheto Chophi, from national service with effect from January 22, 2008, for
“deliberately” defying a directive of the Yaruiwo to return from the
“reactionary camp” and report to the Council Headquarters.
An order issued by Samson Jajo, Chief Principal Secretary, NSCN (I-M), said a
decision towards this effect was taken in exercise of the decision of “National
Security Council” dated January 21, 2008.
The order said the 27 “authorities, secretaries and army officer have
deliberately defied the directive of the Yaruiwo to come back from the
reactionary camp and report at the Council Headquarters” despite being given
sufficient time.
Those who were dismissed from national service included – Hevukhu Yeptho and K.
Hothrong (both Steering Committee Members), Vitoyi Ayemi (Kilonser), P. Nihoto
Chishi (Convenor, NJB), Hekheto Zhimo (Dy. Kilonser), Shikato Chishi Swu (Dy.
Kilonser), Kiyekhu Awo (Dy. Kilonser), Hojei Swu (Dy. Kilonser), Hokugha Achumi
(Dy. Kilonser), Vitoshe Achumi (Tatar), Viniho (Tatar), Tokiho (Tatar), Haolim
Kuki (Tatar), Iheshe (Tatar), Qhehoto Kiho Swu (Tatar), “Brig” (Retd) Kakiho
Tuccu (Tatar), Bohoto Kiba (secretary), Hekiye Chophy (secretary), Zutovi G. Swu
(secretary), Visheto Yeptho (secretary), Shevukhu Swu (joint secretary), Ghukato
Assumi (joint secretary), Vihoto Lobo (joint secretary), Akaho Assumi (joint
secretary), Khekihi Chophy (joint secretary), Hovito Yeptho (CAO, Sumi Region)
and “Col” Nikiye.

 

NSCN (I-M)
rebuts 3 Corps claim(NPT_22_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 21 (NPN): Reacting to reports issued by OIC
Media cell of 3 Corps HQ on arrest of three alleged arms smuggler at Rangapahar
Siding on Sunday, the NSCN (I-M) has claimed that the arrested three were not
involved in arms smuggling racket.
The MIP/NSCN (I-M) in a press release stated that two of the arrested were NSCN
(I-M) members -‘Lt’ Purtoshi Ao and ‘Sgt’ Peter Akhum – on duty stationed in the
area while the third, one Mayur Raijung was a local of the area.
Alleging that the two NSCN (I-M) members were fired upon by the intelligence
personnel, the NSCN (I-M) also alleged that ‘Lt’ Purtoshi was beaten when he
disclosed his identity.
The NSCN (I-M) further stated that the two 9mm Chinese made pistols in their
possession were officially issued by the Naga Army authority.

 

GPRN/NSCN flays(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapr, Jan 22 (NPN): The "GPRN/NSCN" Tuesday said some sections of
the Nagas, especially from Manipur, were vehemently opposing the ongoing process
for Naga unification as they wanted to continue to exploit the situation using
the banner of Naga nationalism.A press release issued by the Publicity Cell of
GPRN/NSCN said "It is an undeniable fact that these sections have for decades
exploited the natural, economic, social, political and human resources of the
Nagas for their imperialistic ambitions". As a part of this, the release alleged
the "aliens in the guise of Naga nationalism" had forcibly occupied the land of
the Nagas besides trying to relegate the "indigenous Nagas to a status of slaves
in our own homeland".

Militant killed(NPT_24_1_k8)

Diphu, Jan 23: A KLNLF (Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation
Front) militant was shot dead while another nabbed by army personnel in an
encounter near Bokajan in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on Wednesday.
According to official sources, the militant was killed when he tried to escape
by opening fire. One AK-56 rifle, two magazines and 50 live cartridges were
recovered from their possession. Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have
intensified patrolling across Karbi Anglong to thwart any incident of violence
in the run up to the Republic Day celebration on January 26. It may be mentioned
several militant outfits of the Northeast have called for a boycott of Republic
Day celebrations.
Correspondent  


 


Swu
dismisses Kilo Kilonser
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  Dimapur,
Jan 2 (NPN):
In pursuance of the December 31 decision of the Security
Committee, NSCN (I-M) Chairman Isak Chishi Swu by an order dismissed Kilo
Kilonser Azheto Chophi from national service with effect from January 2 for what
the former described on the criminal charge of high treason.

In the order,
the Yaruiwo said further retention of Azheto in national service was undesirable
considering the latter’s conduct, which led to the conviction. It was alleged
Azheto had deliberately defied the directive of the Yaruiwo by not deserting the
"reactionary camp" and reporting to the Collective Leadership at Council
Headquarters latest by December 23, 2007.

In a separate
order, the Yaruiwo gave an opportunity to those who were remaining absent from
office and duty and had gone along with Azheto to come back within five days
from issuance of the order. The Yaruiwo cautioned that the defaulters would be
declared as deserters and traitors.

Meanwhile,
while reiterating to stand for unification and national unity based on correct
line, another release issued by the MIP said NSCN (I-M) was always ready for
reconciliation and forgiveness as proclaimed by the Yaruiwo earlier.

However, the
release said, there were people who were attempting to divide "Nagalim" and Naga
nation under the "sweet name and style of unification". "But their motive behind
the unification is unification of a few sections of certain community for the
purpose of grabbing power, money and land to exploit the interests of other
Nagas". The release said the group could not be endorsed to represent the
interest of Nagas and therefore, it did not in any way represent the NSCN or the
GPRN.

 


WSH
counters NSCN (I-M) allegations
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR,
JAN 2 (NPN):
The Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) said it was pained by the
allegations made against Sumis by the NSCN (I-M) when the latter described the
Sumis as "dictating the unification with criminal programmes."WSH in a release
issued by its general secretary Akavi Zhimomi and secretary Border Cell Bohoi K.
Yepthomi said Nagas should differentiate between "individual acts and incidents"
and resist the urge to paint communal or tribal colors to such acts and
incidents.The WSH was reacting to various press "allegations made by the MIP
GPRN/NSCN (I-M)" against the ongoing unification move being pursued by Sumis
initiated by the Naga Hoho, GB and DB Joint Forum.

Lambasting the
NSCN (I-M) for what it described, as an attempt to play its policy of ‘Divide
and Rule’ the WSH asked whether the tribe (Sumi) could be "jugged and washed
away" from the entire process of the national struggle.The Hoho said history had
recorded and shown that Sumis had always been at the fore of the Naga National
struggle, and added Sumis would continue to do so.The Hoho also reminded that
Nagas must make every conscious effort to keep in mind the larger interest of
the Naga people.

Affirming that
Nagas were and are a free people and that no nation, group or individual could
break the indomitable spirits of the Naga people’s desire for freedom and a
future of dignity, WSH hoped that Nagas would be mature enough to overcome all
hurdles to unity and peace.The Hoho however asked "If peace and unity among the
Nagas is questioned, what is it that the MIP, GPRN (IM) wants?"In a separate
press release, the Western Sumi Youth Front (WSYF) has termed the NSCN (I-M)
allegation that the unification move was "all about anti-unification programs
like arms collection and imparting trainings to Sumi Youth Front’ as baseless
and false.WSYF president K. Kakiye Zhimomi and press secretary Mughavi Chishi in
a press release asked the NSCN (I-M) to furnish proof and evidences and let the
people judge.


 


Bomb
explosion


DIMAPUR, JAN 3 (NPN):

A crude bomb hurled by unidentified
persons exploded inside the compound of the house of a retired government
employee here at PWD Colony, Thursday night at around 6.30 p.m. However, no one
was injured in the explosion. According to police, the owner of the house, a
retired head accountant of the state PHED, was in the house with his children
when the explosion took place.


 


7
ULFA, 3 NSCN-IM cadres surrender
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur :

Ten cadres, seven from ULFA and three from NSCN-IM, Sunday surrendered at the
Gelapukhuri army camp. according to a report by the Assam tribune, the militants
laid down their arms in front of Brigadier Binoy Poonnen, the commander of 181
Mountain Brigade in presence of LR Bishnai, DIG, Assam Police, Dr KK Dwivedi,
DC, Tinsukia, PK Bhuyan, SP, Tinsukia and commanding officers of all army units
in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

Those who
surrendered were Bhogen Neog alias Bhaiti Hazarika, Rajeev Barua alias Upen
Barua, Jogen Saikia alias Jayanta Saikia, Ratan Barua alias Uta, Semali Kumja
Boraj alias Moni, Rinku Moni Bora alias Moina, and Lakhi Gogoi, while NSCN
cadres are Leet Singphoo alias Lalit, Nampung Lajun alias Bayon and Phapha Shyam
alias Sem.

The items
recovered from the cadres include a pistol, one rifle, one .22 pistol, two 9mm
pistol, one .32 revolver, two grenades, four Chinese mines, 140 rounds of
ammunition and one IED circuit.On the other hand, last night one lady cadre of
ULFA’s 28 batallion ‘C’ company Swapna Baruah alias Swapna Moran was killed and
two others managed to escape in an encounter with personnel of 7/11 Gorkha
Regiment at Dirak Rongpuria Nagaon under Kakopathar police station of Tinsukia.
The troops had a tip-off that three ULFA cadres were taking shelter in a house
and there was a gunfight when the army approached the area. In the ensuing
encounter, the lady cadre was killed, army sources said.

A
correspondent from Nazira adds: Two ULFA militants were arrested in an operation
by 37 Assam Rifles in Bihubar area on the Assam-Nagaland border last
night.According to information received, the ULFA men are Nikhil Bhuyan of Moran
Kasupathar and Jadav Saikia of Jengraimukh, Majuli. They were later handed over
to Simaluguri police station. In the mean time, the ultras have been shifted to
Sivasagar.Two mobile phones have also been found with the ULFA men.


 


CFSB
meet discusses unification move
(NPT_8_1_k8)


Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR,
JAN 7 (NPN):
A meeting of
the Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) between the Government of India and NSCN
(K) held Monday in the state capital, discussed on the ongoing unification among
underground factions and setting up of a NSCN designated camp somewhere between
Ghaspani and Vihokhu village, NSCN (K) sources said.When contacted, CFSB member
and spokesman, NSCN/GPRN, Hokato Vusshe told Nagaland Post over phone that the
meeting also deliberated on strict implementation of ceasefire ground rules by
both parties and immediate establishment of NSCN (K) authorised camps.

Vusshe also
disclosed that in the meeting the IGAR (N) raised the recent ambush of Assam
Rifles personnel in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, where suspected Naga
militants also took away number of arms from the AR personnel.The NSCN (K)
however replied that it had nothing to do with the ambush, while adding that the
ambush might be the work of the rival NSCN (I-M), which is active in Tirap
district. Representatives from the Government and Security Forces who attended
the CFSB meeting included CFSB chairman Lt. Gen (Retd) RV Kulkarni, IGAR (N),
DIG (CRPF) and state Commissioner Toshi Aier.The NSCN (K) was represented by
kilonser (Alee Affairs) C Singson, cabinet secretary Nitovi Aye and spokesman
Hokato Vusshe. Meanwhile, the NSCN (K) also disclosed that the next CFSB meeting
would be convened at the earliest possible time to further discuss on the other
agendas presented in Saturday’s meeting.


 



Governor discusses security with SF
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

GOC 3 Corps, Lt. Gen. MS Dadwal, and
IGAR (N) Maj. Gen. K. S. Sethi called on Governor K. Sankaranarayanan in Kohima
on Tuesday and discussed matters for free and fair elections. A defence release
said the GOC 3 Corps assured the Governor that the security forces would
maintain full synergy with the civil administration towards providing adequate
environmental security in the State. "A regular interaction between the security
forces and civil administration will be carried out to ensure that prompt and
effective assistance is available as and when required".

The release
said the meeting also discussed violation of ceasefire ground rules where the
GOC 3 Corps emphasized the need for strategy to deal with such violations prior
to and during the polls. The strategy would include apprehending any personnel
moving with arms and ammunition or intimidating and harassing innocent public
and subsequently initiating appropriate action against him.

 


SKK
flays NSCN (I-M) statement
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

The All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK)
Tuesday asked the NSCN (I-M) leadership to withdraw without further delay the
accusation that Sumis were "betrayers" of the Naga nation.

In a strongly
worded statement, the SKK through a joint release by its president K. Himahito
Chishi, general secretary Vitolu Chophy and speaker Abeto Shohe questioned the
NSCN (I-M) if it wanted to achieve bloodshed among the Nagas and if bloodshed
could bring solution.

Accusing the
NSCN (I-M) of being a "stumbling block" to the solution of Naga political
problem, the signatories said if the faction believed that a divided house with
continued bloodshed among the Nagas must not cease then it should "sell" its
ideas elsewhere.

They pointed
out that Nagas in general have had enough of the current situation and
therefore, some positive steps needed to be undertaken of which the first step
was to achieve freedom among themselves. The signatories called upon the Nagas
to judge as to who stood for the right course.

Stating that
no organization in the history of Naga freedom movement had ever singled out a
particular tribe and branded its members as "betrayers", the signatories said
"it is misfortune that an organization whom we have fed, protected and for whom
we have sacrificed countless lives has brought out this unprecedented
statement".

The
signatories pointed out that the moment an organization indulged in petty tribal
politics, it would lose legitimacy to lead the Nagas. They also pointed out that
unification of all the warring factions was a golden opportunity towards the
solution of Naga political problem as Nagas have lived a life of suspicion,
treachery and insecurity owing to division among the freedom fighters.

 

GPRN/NSCN’
signs MoU with NNC/FGN
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 13 (NPN): In a
significant development, the GPRN/NSCN and the NNC/FGN (Non-accord) have signed
a memorandum of understanding and subsequently made a three-point declaration on
January 12 at Vihokhu, Dimapur, on peace and unity.
A release issued by the publicity cell of GPRN/NSCN, said the declaration by
both sides strongly affirmed to uphold the stand on unification of all Nagas,
irrespective of artificial boundaries.
The second point of the declaration was to put an end to hostilities and
killings and to enable democratic participation and interaction among Nagas to
come together under one platform.
Both sides have also declared the resolve to explore avenues and ensure
transparent pursuit of unification process on solid (broad based) foundation
that encompasses all sections of the Nagas for settlement of the Naga cause.
The release said the House constituted a Co-ordination Committee comprising nine
members from both the groups and entrusted with the task of mobilizing the mass.
The release said the declarations were made “in the true spirit of Naga
brotherhood and nationalism and to restore peace, normalcy, dignity and unity in
our land; to protect our identity, culture and tradition and to defend our land
and its resources”.
In a separate release, the GPRN/NSCN pronounced: “We stand to safeguard and
unite the Nagas on the basis of our historical and political rights and thereby
to strengthen the political process through peaceful means”.
It said the pronouncement was made in response to the “clarion call by various
Naga national bodies, civil societies and the Church on Naga unification” and to
“dispel any misgivings in the minds of the Nagas and to set the records
straight”.
Denying its involvement in the recent abductions for ransom, the release
condemned such incidents and   testified before God and the Nagas that “Nagaland
for Christ is the guiding faith of the ongoing Naga unification efforts” and
therefore, the question of criminalization of the process did not arise.  

 


8
KRA militants arrested
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR, JAN
13 (NPN): Eight KRA militants were arrested along with arms and ammunition by a
combined team of police and 31 Assam Rifles from a house at Notun Bosti here on
Sunday.
They were later identified as Rabi Kumar, Ojit Kumar, Ricky Rajkumar, Min-thang
Kuki, Tomba Singh, Lokho Mao, Ranbir Singh, and Mrs. Anjali. Police recovered
one .32 pistol with 50 live cartridges, two magazines, six mobile handsets, one
digital camera, one still camera, ten CDs and a cash of Rs.45,000 from their
possession. Later on the basis of the information provided by them, one Reivei
Poumai was arrested along with one AK 56 rifle and  one live cartridge of 7.65
Pistol.


Polarisation among NSCN factions creates concern
(AST_3_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 DIMAPUR, Jan 2 – There is an air of fear and uncertainty in the Nagaland
commercial hub – Dimapur following the fast polarisation among the NSCN
factions.
According to the NSCN-IM, a huge amount of money to the tune of crores of rupees
has been collected from the businessmen in Dimapur by the NSCN faction led by
Azheto Chophy and Khaplang in just one month’s time.
Azheto Chophy and C Singson are the two signatories of the November 24 Niuland
Unity Declaration. The NSCN-IM then expressed with a serious tone that the
“Azheto and Khaplang group” has tested the nerves of the NSCN-IM.
The NSCN-IM has said that the outfit has been exercising maximum restraint and
patience in the interest of the “Naga Nation.”
“In the name of unification the most provocative things are happening in Dimapur
but for the greater interest of the Naga Nation, maximum restraint and patience
have been exercised by NSCN, because the national principle are not guided by
communal interest but by national interest. The national issue cannot be allowed
to get polluted to serve the interest of the anti-Naga forces that has raised
its ugly head in the form of Azheto Chophy and his mentor Khaplang,” said the
NSCN-IM.
The outfit alleged that running after the cadres of NSCN-IM forces from behind
to snatch away their arms is indicative of the most provocative action that
armed forces of the “stature of GPRN/NSCN could forbear” for long, stated the
NSCN-IM while adding, “This bears immense significance but with dangerous
repercussion as such incidence comes behind the call of Naga Unification
initiated by Azheto and Khaplang group.
During the past one month of this false unity call, prominent businessmen have
been kidnapped for ransom demanding crores of rupees; no doubt they have
collected in terms of crores. The NSCN is in the knowledge of all such dirty
dealings by Azheto and Khaplang forces,” cautioned the NSCN-IM.
“Where is the unity group under Azheto leading the Nagas to?,” asked the NSCN-IM
while adding, “Lest the Nagas are taken for a ride by this deceptive scheme, the
NSCN is under obligation to forewarn the Nagas to exercise their conscience in
order to uphold the greater interest of the Nagas and not the chauvinistic
interest of any single tribe”.

 

Assam
Rifles strategy to tackle NE terror(AST_4_1_k8)

From Sanjoy Ray
 DIMAPUR (Nagaland), Jan 3 – Vowing to rise up to the challenges that lie ahead
of the Assam Rifles(AR) in the near future in maintaining internal security and
countering terrorism in the North East region, Director General of Assam Rifles
Paramjit Singh today said that the force is initiating fast moves to acquaint
each and every member of the AR with all the know-how of modern-day techniques
of combating terrorism. Singh also said that as the Government of India with its
Look East Policy is laying special stress in developing the industry sector and
the infrastructure in the region be it road, rail or water channel, it has
become imperative to add teeth to the strength of the AR, which is entrusted
with  the job of guarding the NE.
“The new policy has in a way increased the level of responsibillity that the AR
has been shouldering for years,” he said..
“Today insurgent groups, especially those operating in the NE, have become
richer, hich has enabled them access to almost all kinds of sophisticated arms
and ammunition. The fact that these insurgent groups are also procuring arms and
ammunition from foreign countries is also a matter of concern, which is why  a
change in the approach is the need of the hour so that we can be one-step ahead
of them,” Singh pointed out. Singh was speaking on the golden jubilee
celebration cermony of the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School here at the
Assam Rifles Training Centre and School premises.
“The modus operandi of the insurgent groups in the North East region along with
the rest of the world has undergone drastic change and in order to outsmart them
there is a need for a massive change in the approach of the paramilitary force.
The Assam Rifles being the premier and the oldest paramilitary force cannot
afford to ignore these developments,” Singh said.
“The Assam Rifles is known as the ‘sentinels of the northeatern region’ and
‘friends of the hill people’ and we must retain the faith of the people of the
region at any cost,” he stressed while addressing the Sainik Sanmelan, which was
participated by around 1500 recruits, junior commissioned officers (JCOs)
besides a host of senior officials.
Singh also hailed the efforts of the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School for
producing some of the greatest soldiers, who have laid their lives for the sake
of the country.
“ I sincerely feel that an armed force is as good as its training and the role
of the training centre becomes all the more imporant,” he reiterated.
The Director General also released a new Assam Rifles postage stamp during the
golden jubilee celebration.
He also flagged in the TVS sponsored motor cycle rally which has traversed 3,000
kilometers throughout all the northeastern States excluding Sikkim.

 

Bangla,
Myanmar aiding ultras of NE: AR(AST_5_1_k8)

From Sanjoy Ray
 DIMAPUR, Jan 4 – Asserting that a host of militant outfits active in the North
East region, including the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries like Myanmar and Bangladesh,
Director General of Assam Rifles Paramjit Singh today said that Assam Rifles has
urged the respective Governments of the neighbouring countries to deal with the
matter effectively before the scenario aggravates. “There is no denying the fact
some of the active extremist groups have developed bases in the neighbouring
countries and the Assam Rifles, which has also been entrusted with
counter-insurgency operations in the region would leave no stone unturned in
this regard,” Singh stated while talking to the media persons in a press
conference here today.
“Efforts are on and if required we would not hesistate to carryout a crackdown
on these hideouts,” he said.
On the imposition of the President’s Rule in Nagaland, Singh said, “ The role of
Assam Rifles would always remain the same be it during the President’ Rule or
under any popular Government.”
“We are here to help the administartion by maintaining internal security and
also carryout in counter insurgency operations,” he pointed out.
Conceding that the insurgency probem in the North East, especially that of the
proscribed ULFA cannot be solved by the military alone, Singh further stated the
Assam Rifles is committed to win the hearts of the people in the North East,
which would go a long way in solving the prolonged insurgency problem.
“Be it ULFA, NSCN(IM) or any other militant outfit operating in the region,
there are several social root causes behind their emergence as an extremist
group. There is a percieved sense of ‘alienation’ in them and therefore we must
ensure that their basic problem is addressed by the Government. They are our own
people and we must always remember this,” Singh said while speaking at a press
conference here today.
“If insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Mizoram can come down, I see no
reason why the same cannot happen in other States of the North East, especially
Assam and Manipur,” he said.
Singh also stated that once the economic condition of the region improves, the
scenario is bound to change.
Earlier, during the attestation parade held at the Assam Rifles Training Centre
and School(ARTCS) ground, as many as 234 pass outs of the ARTCS have been
inducted as soldiers of the Assam Rifles.
The alumnis of ARTCS after having undergone 46 weeks of rigorous training in the
ARTCS today vowed to work for the interest of the country.
Addressing the newly-inducted cadres duirng the ceremony, Singh urged them to
live up to the expectation of the people of the North East and the country as a
whole.
“The Assam Rifles has produced many brave soldiers and hope you will also keep
the momentum going for the interest of the country. The fact that the North East
is going through trying times would make your job even more challenging,” Singh
said, while addressing the soldiers duirng the function.
Of the 234 new jawans, five were conferred with best cadets award here during
the concluding golden jubilee cerlebration ceremony of the ARTCS.

 


NSCN
(I-M) accuses Centre of foul play on Naga issue(SHT, 12th January
2008)

Kohima:
The NSCN (I-M) on Friday alleged the Centre was handling the Naga unification
issue in an unbecoming way and using vested groups of a particular tribe to
befool it.In a statement, the NSCN(IM) expressed strong reservation against the
move for Naga unification in the present form, and accused the Centre of
"surreptitiously playing the communal card by using the vested groups of a
particular Naga tribe to befool it".

It said Semas
led by Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho in collaboration with Azheto Chophy and
his accomplices, stood excommunicated from the Naga community for betraying the
Naga cause.Last November, a section of NSCN(IM) cadres led by senior functionary
Azheto Chophy left the group and formed NSCN-Unification Camp with cadres of
NSCN(K).Since then, NSCN(IM) and NSCN-Unification Camp have engaged in a war of
words accusing each other of stepping up intimidation, kidnapping and extortion
in and around Dimapur town.The NSCN(IM) said history would bear witness to the
indignity of some Sema Church leaders who jumped into the bandwagon of "traitors
and deserters", from the group."Taking the name of God, these Church leaders
even went thus far to denounce NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu in preference to
Azheto Chophy, a habitual defector," the statement said.

Squarely
blaming the Centre for the latest developments, the NSCM-IM said: "The world is
watching closely how India is making a mess of the Indo-Naga political
issue."NSCN(IM) General Secretary Th Muivah had earlier said that he favoured
broad based unity and unification among all Nagas irrespective of present
political boundaries, but strongly opposed the on-going style of unification led
by ‘defectors in connivance with the NSCN(K) group’.On the other hand, NSCN
(Unification) has charged Th Muivah of being an obstacle to peace and
unification of the Nagas, saying anti-Naga forces in Camp Hebron (NSCN(IM)
headquarters) did not want unity among the Naga tribes and were allegedly
indulging in anti-social and anti-people activities in Nagaland.

In a
statement, the spokesman of NSCN (Unification camp) Hokato Vusshe alleged that
all past efforts for unification and cessation of bloodshed among the Nagas hit
roadblocks after Muivah had opted for a no compromise policy and deviated from
the desire of the Nagas, ‘to give vent to his ire on those opposing his
hegemony’.Hokato claimed, Muivah resorted to politics by writing to the
Government of India that NSCN Unified Team was responsible for the 20-odd cases
of abduction at Dimapur because he was apprehensive of being removed from his
position. (PTI)

 


NSCN
(I-M) declares ‘emergency in Nagalim’(SHT_13_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A day after accusing the
Centre of foul play on the thorny Naga unification issue, NSCN (I-M) on Saturday
declared "emergency in Nagalim due to the precarious situation threatening peace
and normal state of affairs in Greater Nagaland."

With
declaration of emergency in "Nagalim" or Greater Nagaland including
Naga-inhabitated areas of the three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh, NSCN (I-M)’s ‘Tartar Hoho’ or parliament has been placed under
suspended animation with effect from 1 am of January 13."Emergency has been
declared in view of the precarious situation in Nagalim, which has increasingly
threatened peace and normal state of affairs. Henceforth, the state of affairs
shall be conducted by the (outfit’s) National Security Council until further
orders,"NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chisi Swu said in a statement issued here.

The NSCN
(I-M)’s move is likely to have a bearing on the NSCN Unification Camp, which was
reportedly established by activists of both NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K) following
the Niuland declaration in November last.Though the NSCN Unification Camp was
seen as positive step towards unification of all Naga factions and tribes, NSCN
(I-M) questioned its relevance and instead favoured broad-based unity and
unification of all Nagas.

NSCN (I-M) on
Friday charged the Central Government with "surreptitiously playing the communal
card by using vested groups of a particular Naga tribe to befool it (the
outfit)." Since formation of the NSCN Unification Camp, NSCN (I-M) and its
rivals have engaged in a war of words accusing each other of intimidation,
kidnappings and extortions in and around Dimapur town. (NNN)

Rio
asks rebel groups not to meddle in poll activities(SHT_14_1_k8)

From Our
Correspondent

Kohima:
Former Nagaland Chief
Minister and Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Neiphiu Rio has requested
underground rebel groups, the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K), not to interfere with
the next round of Assembly elections to be held under President’s Rule in the
State."I hope good sense will prevail on rebel groups and they should not
interfere with elections. However, we can’t fully rule out intervention in some
pockets of the State out of individual interests," he said.

The Naga rebel
groups usually avoid interfering with elections held under ‘Indian
Constitution’. However, the rebel NSCN(IM)’s decision to impose bar in entry of
former Nagaland Chief Minister and Congress leader SC Jamir, who is now
officiating at the Governor of Goa, has gone in the advantage of the
NPF.Meanwhile, the NPF has launched a poster campaign against imposition of
President’s rule in the State. Posters saying "PR is not for peace" have cropped
up all along the streets of Dimapur and Kohima reflecting the regional NPF’s
attempt to woo people’s support against the Congress whose government in the
Centre decided to impose PR in the hill State when election was due just over a
month time."The people of Nagaland had very bad experience with President’s
Rule. Every time a regional party comes to power in the State, the Congress
Government in the Centre tends to impose President’s pule. It gives very wrong
message to Nagas living in this troubled State," Rio said.Alarmed at the
Opposition NPF’s attempt to whip up support of the people taking advantage of
the PR, the Congress has tried to blame the regional party for imposition of the
PR.

The Nagaland
Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, I Imkong said, "The Congress was
not asking for imposition of the PR. We wanted dissolution of the NPF led
Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government so that we could stake claim to
form our government. The State Governor didn’t give us the chance to stake claim
and face the floor test."

Meanwhile,
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan have stated here that the election to
Nagaland Assembly will be held in time and there are not chances of a prolonged
period of President’s rule that will last only for about 50 days or so.

NSF demands
repeal of Prez rule: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), apex body of all Naga
tribes, on Sunday demanded repeal of the President’s Rule in the State saying
that this will empower the security forces to commit more atrocities on the
civilians.

NSF president
Imchatoba Imchen in a press release here has expressed his resentment over the
imposition of Central rule in the State at a time when the federation was
continuously struggling against the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958.

He said these
policies were against the very articulate provisions of the Constitution and
fundamental rights of the citizens.

Taking note of
the ongoing political talks and peace processes between the Centre and Nagas,
Imchen said,”Any policy that harms the atmosphere of trust and confidence is a
direct infringement to the peoples sentiments and a threat to the peaceful
atmosphere prevalent during the ongoing period of cease-fire.” (UNI)

NSCNs’ unification move
dampens election spirit(SHT_30_1_k8)

 

Dimapur: Two things have been dominating the current Nagaland scene —
the forthcoming Assembly election and the ‘NSCNs’ unification’ issue.The
election fever in Nagaland this time has been, to a great extent, diluted by the
NSCN’s unification issue and which will subsequently have an immense impact in
the forthcoming Nagaland Assembly election.Nagaland goes to poll on March 5 for
the 60 Assembly constituencies.With just little more than a month away for the
election, the household talks in Nagaland is either the NSCN’s unification topic
or the Assembly election matter.Given the prevailing situation, the mood of the
people with regard to the assembly election is yet to pick up to the heat as
expected, which is otherwise, by this time, the State would have been on the
verge of bursting out into the election euphoria as in previous elections.All
had begun with the November 24 Niuland declaration where Azheto (former NSCN-IM
home minister) and C Singson (NSCN-K external minister)-led group had announced
to form the ‘Unification Team of NSCNs’.The 2008 Nagaland Assembly election will
be a different one.The wave of the general public is going to be definitely
swayed accordingly, as in what direction the prevailing atmosphere in the NSCNs’
tussle blows.This is, however not to say that the NSCNs will involve in the
election.The Sema tribe based organisations from top to the grass-root level
have been in the all-out backing to the Azheto-Singson led ‘Unification NSCN’
and it will not be a wrong assumption to say that the Niuland declaration of
November 24 is another influential factor that had triggered to the series of
resignations of ministers, MLAs and ‘parliamentary secretraries’ from their
respective political parties while conditioning and positioning for the
forthcoming Assembly election.Citing this ‘wind of change’ the unfurling
development in the NSCNs tussle will also determine the Nagaland assembly
election.The situation in Nagaland, particularly, in Dimapur is fluid and
unpredictable, if one has to take into account the present configuration. (NNN)

New NSCN
keeps forces guessing(TEL, 16-1-k8)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kohima,
Jan. 15:
The emergence of
a third NSCN faction because of a split over whether the other two should unite
has left security forces in Nagaland confused.

The Assam
Rifles said today that it could not accept the NSCN (Unification) as “a separate
group” until
Delhi
recognised it as one. The inspector-general of the paramilitary force, Maj. Gen.
K.S. Sethi, said any initiative to unite Naga groups was welcome, but security
forces would officially go by what Delhi says.Led by a former kilonser of
the Isak-Muivah faction, Azheto Chophy, the NSCN (Unification) professes to be
trying to unite warring Naga groups for a common cause.

No military
operation has been launched so far against Chophy’s men despite the group not
being in a formal ceasefire with the government. All members of the NSCN
(Unification) are stationed at Vihokhu, 25km from Dimapur.Maj. Gen. Sethi
indicated that Chophy’s men would be evicted unless Delhi issued a directive to
the contrary.

Hokato Vusshe,
a leader of the NSCN (Unification), said his group had established contact with
Delhi and that formal recognition of its existence could come any moment. He
said the idea of breaking away from the NSCN(I-M) was not to create another
problem but solve the ones that were already there.“A political solution to the
Naga issue is a must. The Naga people have suffered enough and the unification
of Naga groups is necessary to find a solution,” Vusshe added.

Militants of
the Isak-Muivah faction yesterday gunned down three senior members of the
Khaplang group for allegedly indulging in extortion in Mokokchung. The attack
came 48 hours after the outfit declared a “state of emergency” in the
Naga-inhabited areas.The NSCN(I-M) said the killings were necessary to prevent
“illegal collection of money in and around Mokokchung”. Sources said a regional
council member of the Ao region, a rajou peyu (local administrative
officer) and a deputy secretary of the NSCN(K) died in the attack. Mokokchung
district has been a stronghold of the NSCN (I-M) since a public uprising in 2003
forced Khaplang’s men out of the town.The NSCN(K) said the raid on its hideout
and the killings were in violation of the ceasefire between the two factions
since December 7. The agreement was signed in Kohima in the presence of
representatives of the state government, goanburhas (village chieftains)
and dobashis (chiefs of Naga customary courts).The truce was to be valid
for six months.

The NSCN (I-M)
justified declaring an “emergency” in the Naga heartland as a way of bringing
about “political” stability in the wake of Delhi imposing President’s rule. But
the consensus elsewhere was that criticism of the outfit’s hardline stand on
unification of all Naga groups provoked the move. Maj. Gen. Sethi said an
additional six battalions of the Assam Rifles would be deployed for the Assembly
elections in March. Assam Rifles personnel will, however, be at least a
kilometre away from the polling booths. All booths will be manned exclusively by
CRPF personnel.

 

NSCN-IM
declares ‘emergency’(TEL,13-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 12:
In a move that
smacks of political reprisal, the chairman of the Isak-Muivah faction of the
National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak Chishi Swu, has given his assent to
declaration of “emergency” in Nagaland by the outfit.

Tatar hoho,
the “parliament” of the NSCN (I-M), had earlier recommended for declaration of
“emergency” to the outfit’s president Isak Chishi Swu to counter imposition of
central rule in Nagaland on January 3.

The Naga
outfit said this evening that the “emergency” would come into effect from
tomorrow.

Confirming the
report, a senior functionary of the outfit told The Telegraph that tatar
hoho, during a meeting at its Camp Hebron headquarters last evening, had
recommended imposition of “emergency” to prevent the situation from going out of
control following imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland.

The Naga
outfit also blamed its former home minister and leader of the NSCN
(Unification), Azheto Chophy, for the deteriorating law and order in and around
Dimapur.

“President’s
rule has been imposed to dominate the Naga people and this has to be countered
by the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN),” the outfit’s
functionary said.

He alleged New
Delhi was trying to interpret the truce ground rules in its own way, undermining
the Naga peace process.

“The Nagas
have experienced President’s rule in the past when people were unnecessarily
harassed and even tortured. That is the attitude of the Government of India and
therefore, we have to chart our own course,” another functionary of the outfit
said.

During the
“emergency” tatar hoho of the GPRN will be kept in suspended animation and the
president of the NSCN (I-M) will function as the supreme head of the “outfit’s
government” with “full authority.”

Asked whether
such a move could derail the ongoing Naga peace process, the leader questioned
the sincerity of New Delhi. He, however, added that the peace process would be
carried forward.

Congress leaders from the state had been trying to convince
the central leadership to dismiss the Neiphiu Rio-led Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland (DAN) government.

 

Naga group
plays jury & executioner(TEL_15-1-k8)

OUR
CORRESPONDENT

Kohima,
Jan. 14:
Barely 48 hours
after appointing itself “sole administrator” of the Naga-inhabited areas and
declaring a “state of emergency”, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN took the
high moral ground and gunned down three senior members of the Khaplang group for
allegedly indulging in extortion.

The slain men
were in a hideout at Mingkong, 10km from Mokokchung town, when armed militants
of the NSCN(I-M) came calling. Another member was abducted.

The NSCN(I-M)
said the killings were necessary to prevent “illegal collection of money in and
around Mokokchung”. The identities of the victims could not be immediately
confirmed, but sources said a regional council member of the Ao region, a
rajou peyu
(local administrative officer) and a deputy secretary of the
NSCN(K) died in the attack.

Mokokchung
district has been a stronghold of the NSCN(I-M) since a public uprising in 2003
forced Khaplang’s men out of the town.

The NSCN(K)
said the raid on its hideout and the killings were in violation of the ceasefire
between the two factions since December 7. The agreement was signed in Kohima in
the presence of representatives of the state government, goanburhas
(village chieftains) and dobashis (chiefs of Naga customary courts).

The truce was
to be valid for six months.

The Khaplang
faction demanded an explanation from its rival for the killings. A deputy
kilonser
of the outfit, Wangtin Konyak, said the NSCN(I-M) must immediately
clarify its position vis-à-vis the December truce.

On whether his
group would retaliate, he said the outfit would not go against the wishes of the
Naga people.

“If the
NSCN(I-M) is not in a position to continue with the ceasefire, then it should
explain its position to the people,” Konyak said over the phone.

He said Nagas
desired unification of all groups and restraint was the need of the hour.

The splinter
NSCN (Unification), led by former kilonser Azheto Chophy, recalled all
members to its base 25km from Dimapur.

Apart from the
killings, the NSCN(I-M) also justified declaring an “emergency” in the Naga
heartland as a way of bringing about “political” stability in the wake of Delhi
imposing President’s rule. However, many in Nagaland believe the move was
triggered by criticism of the outfit’s hardline stand on the unification of all
Naga groups. Some senior leaders of the NSCN(I-M) have already exited the group
in protest.

The outfit’s
former kilo kilonser (home minister), Rh Raising, said the situation in
Nagaland necessitated a quick-fix approach and “a state of emergency” was the
right solution. “Taking a decision through the Tatar Hoho (parliament) is a
time-consuming affair. So our collective leadership decided to go for a state of
emergency so that only a few leaders can take emergency decisions.”

Raising
clarified that “emergency” was not “military rule”.

On the exodus
of a few of the outfit’s leaders, including Chophy, he said that was precisely
the reason why the NSCN(I-M) took a few hard decisions.


 


PAN
alert on NSCN (I-M) emergency
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 14 (NPN): Close on the
heels of the “proclamation of emergency” by the NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi
Swu, that gave full powers to NSCN (I-M) Naga army, the People’s Army of
Nagaland (PAN) has been put on “high alert across Naga country” as defensive
measure “to dislodge any sinister provocation being devised by the adversaries
to derail Naga unification.”
In a hard hitting statement, ‘Brig’ Niki Sumi of the NSCN “People’s Army of
Nagaland (PAN)” said the alert was obligatory on their part “to use any means
available at our disposal to counteract subversive factors trying to break out
patience”.
In a statement, ‘Brig’ Niki said since the “prevailing silence of some Naga
intellectuals, social leaders, civil societies and some Naga tribes” over the
ongoing unification move had “ominous ramifications”, it was imperative to
“issue a note of caution ahead of any such calamity that may arise” .
He said if such “non cooperation and non participation by such section”
jeopardized Naga unification that could invite “woes and destruction upon the
Nagas or their own tribe” the entire responsibility for the consequences would
have to be borne by them and that none should be blamed. He said those not in
favour of Naga unification “should clearly proclaim before the Nagas and to the
world that any bloody fall out would be accountable to such antagonists to peace
and Naga unification.”  
‘Brig’ Niki also lauded the “selfless sacrifice and contribution of various
civil bodies, tribal organizations, church workers and intellectuals, to bring
about unification of the Nagas” adding “we are confident that such endeavours
would bear fruits.”  


 



KDGBA deadline to NSCN-IM
(NPT_15_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN): The Kiphire
District GBs’ Association (KDGBA) has given a 30-days deadline to the NSCN (I-M)
to deliver justice in connection with the cold blooded murder of Throngtsangkiu,
head GB of Zanger Village, and six other family members on February 8, 2007.
Alleging that three top functionaries of the NSCN (I-M) were directly involved
in the murder case, secretary, GBs Court Kiphire Town, Selithong in a press
release informed that the KDGBA would not give any cooperation to the NSCN (I-M)
if the latter failed to take action against the three accused within thirty
days.
According to KDGBA, even the NSCN (I-M) government was aware that the three NSCN
(I-M) functionaries – Tsulimthong (deputy director), Y. Alo (raja peyu) and
Joyba (leacy) – were involved in the murder case.
KDGBA said Y. Alo who was earlier arrested by GBs of Kiphire Town on October 2,
2006, in another murder case had escaped traditional court judgment and
participated in the massacre at Zanger village.
The association also said Tsulimthong, the gang leader of Zanger massacre, had
provided shelter to those involved in the crime and again led the culprits to
join FGN.
With regard to Joyba, KDGBA claimed that the latter was holding his father’s
pistol during the Zanger killing incident, while asking what action had the NSCN
(I-M) initiated against the father-son duo who were both in the NSCN (I-M).
The Kiphire GBs said that despite repeated pleas by KDGBA and family members of
the victims, the NSCN (I-M) has so far turned a deaf ear to cry for justice.
The association further asked when the NSCN (I-M) under the banner “Nagaland for
Christ” was preaching peace, harmony and unification among the Naga brothers,
why some of its top functionaries were “murdering the innocent people in cold
blood.”  

 

IM points
finger of accusation at Delhi, ‘Unification group’(SEX_12_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 11 : The NSCN-IM today alleged the Centre was handling
the Naga unification issue in an unbecoming way and using vested groups of a
particular tribe to befool it.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM expressed strong reservation against the move for
Naga unification in the present form, and accused the Centre of “surreptitiously
playing the communal card by using the vested groups of a particular Naga tribe
to befool it”.
It said Semas led by Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho in collaboration with
Azheto Chophy and his accomplices, stood ex-communicated from the Naga community
for betraying the Naga cause.
Last November, a section of NSCN-IM cadres led by senior functionary Azheto
Chophy left the group and formed NSCN-Unification Camp with cadres of NSCN-K.
Since then, NSCN-IM and NSCN-Unification Camp have engaged in a war of words
accusing each other of stepping up intimidation, kidnapping and extortion in and
around Dimapur town.
The NSCN-IM said history would bear witness to the indignity of some Sema Church
leaders who jumped into the bandwagon of “traitors and deserters”, from the
group.
“Taking the name of God, these Church leaders even went thus far to denounce
NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu in preference to Azheto Chophy, a habitual
defector,” the statement said.
Squarely blaming the Centre for the latest developments, the NSCM-IM said: “The
world is watching closely how India is making a mess of the Indo-Naga political
issue.”
NSCN(I-M) General Secretary Th Muivah had earlier said that he favoured broad
based unity and unification among all Nagas irrespective of present political
boundaries, but strongly opposed the on-going style of unification led by
‘defectors in connivance with the NSCN(K) group’.
On the other hand, NSCN (Unification) has charged Th Muivah of being an obstacle
to peace and unification of the Nagas, saying anti-Naga forces in Camp Hebron
(NSCN-IM headquarters) did not want unity among the Naga tribes and were
allegedly indulging in anti-social and anti-people activities in Nagaland.
In a statement, the spokesman of NSCN (Unification camp) Hokato Vusshe alleged
that all past efforts for unification and cessation of bloodshed among the Nagas
hit roadblocks after Muivah had opted for a no compromise policy and deviated
from the desire of the Nagas, ‘to give vent to his ire on those opposing his
hegemony’.
Hokato claimed, Muivah resorted to politics by writing to the Government of
India that NSCN Unified Team was responsible for the 20-odd cases of abduction
at Dimapur because he was apprehensive of being removed from his position.
In another statement, the Unification camp, established in a village on the
outskirts of Dimapur, denied the NSCN(I-M) allegation that it in the name of
Naga unification kidnapped businessmen and extorted crores of rupees during
during December to procure arms and set up bunkers.
Meanwhile, efforts were on by NGOs and Tribal councils to make the unification
process meaningful and broadbased, with appeals to the rival underground groups
to stop the on-going war of words in the local media. PTI


 


KRA activists arrested in Dimapur
(SEN_15_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 14: A joint team
of Assam Rifles (AR) and Nagaland police arrested seven Kuki Revolutionary Army
(KRA) cadres from Dimapur town, official sources said here today.
Sources said, acting on a tip-off, troops raided a house in Natun Bosti area of
Dimapur town and arrested seven KRA ultras yesterday and recovered arms and
ammunition from their possession.
The arrested cadres included a lady. One .32 pistol with 50 live rounds, two
magazines, six mobile handsets, one digital camera, one still camera, ten CDs
and cash worth Rs 45,000 were recovered from their possession.
On interrogation, the cadres revealed the whereabouts of another ultra, who was
later arrested and one AK 56 rifle with a magazine and one live round of 7.65
ammunition was recovered from his possession. (UNI)

 



NSCN(K) poser to GBs, DBs
(NPT_16_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Expressing its anger over the killing
of three of its cadre members and abduction of another civilian in Mokokchung by
the NSCN (I-M) on January 14, the NSCN(K) Tuesday demanded a clarification from
the GBs and DBs’ Federation over the authenticity of the declaration of
ceasefire agreement signed on January 7, 2008, in Kohima that was initiated by
the Federation.

Condemning the act, secretary, MIP,
NSCN (K), has accused the NSCN (I-M) of killing its activists- Temsu Wati and
Imli Sama of Longmisa village and Imli Yanger of Kubza village and abducting
another innocent citizen of Kubza village, Mokokchung district on January 14.
The NSCN (K) said it has sought the clarification in view of the numerous
resolutions adopted by the Federation, who it described as "the so called
initiators/pioneers of Nagas’ Peace and Reconciliation process".

Further, the NSCN (K) said it would
be appreciated, if the Federation made its stand and policy clear through the
media in order to enable the Nagas to take their own decisions.

It said this
was "because the NSCN strongly considers the very unfortunate incident as the
handiwork of GBs and DBs Federation of Nagaland and so is (the Federation)
clearly held responsible."

 


KYKL
cadre nabbed
(NPT_18_1_k8)


Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR: On receiving information about the presence
of suspected KYKL cadres in Naga Gaon area, the Dimapur police and 31 Assam
Rifles launched a joint operation and nabbed one Bijoy Singh, alias Joy Kumar
son of Tomba Singh, a resident of Kakching Manipur. The items that were seized
from his possession include: 2,500 pages of KYKL letter pads, two bundles of
fuse wire, two personal diaries containing details of tax collection, one
computer C.P.U, one empty ammunition box measuring 7.62m, two containers of
motor cap measuring 2 inch, three telephone sets, one empty case of fuse
(V.429), one computer antenna, 10 numbers of CDs and one card reader.


 


Naga
rebel group clamps ‘emergency’ to quell dissent
(SEN_14_1_k8)
DIMAPUR, Jan 13: A
frontline Naga separatist group on Sunday clamped an “emergency” with the
group’s topmost quartet assuming total control of the organization to quell
“internal unrest” and prevent heavy extortion of money by some deserters, a
rebel leader said.
The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland faction headed by Isak Chishi Swu
and Thuingaleng Muivah (NSCN-IM) has placed its ‘Tatar Hoho’ or parliament in
suspended animation and has vested full powers on its chairman Swu, general
secretary Muivah, vice-chairman Khodao Yanthan, and military chief ‘Major
General’ Markson.
“The reason why we decided to enforce emergency was due to some sort of internal
unrest leading to peace being disturbed after some 50 cadres with arms and
ammunition deserted us under the leadership of our former home minister Azheto
Chophy,” V Horam, senior NSCN-IM leader and steering committee member of the
outfit, told IANS over the phone from an undisclosed location.
The NSCN-IM, pressing for a Naga homeland, has been engaged in peace talks with
the Indian government ever since the group entered into a ceasefire agreement
with New Delhi in July 1997.
Over the years, the group appears to be keen on unifying the Naga-inhabited
areas in the States of Manipur, Asom and Arunachal Pradesh with the
Naga-majority state of Nagaland.
The former NSCN-IM leader Azheto last month held talks with the rival
NSCN-Khaplang group, announced the merger of the two factions, and renamed the
outfit as NSCN. This development indicated that all was not well within the
NSCN-IM and that the group was witnessing internal dissent.
“We are also for unification of the NSCN factions. But Azheto took the decision
of holding talks with the NSCN-K without the approval of the collective
leadership,” Horam said. He accused Azheto and his group of indulging in
“undesirable activities”.
“In the last one month, the group led by Azheto extorted money to the tune of Rs
100 million, besides leading to a serious law and order problem around Dimapur
and other parts, forcing us to clamp an emergency,” Horam said.
He said the “emergency” is an attempt to streamline the state of affairs within
the outfit with the army and other departments performing their tasks like
before. The powers of all the NSCN-IM ‘ministers’ have been curtailed following
the “emergency”, and the ‘National Security Council’ headed by Swu and Muivah
will look after the day-to-day running of the group’s affairs. The NSCN-IM has a
well-structured administrative machinery, complete with a parliament, ministers,
an army and a law-enforcing set up. It acts like a parallel government in so far
as running the organization is concerned. The NSCN-IM leader said imposition of
‘emergency’ by his organization would not impact on the ceasefire and peace
talks with New Delhi. “The ceasefire with the government of India has nothing to
do with the imposition of emergency by us as this is purely an internal matter.
There is no need for the people to panic,” Horam said. (IANS)

 

Brig’ Niki reiterates unification(NPT_19_1_k8)

DIMAPUR: A senior functionary of the
“GPRN/NSCN” has said though it was the bounden task of every Naga to seriously
work for unification of all the Nagas, regardless of arbitrary territorial
demarcation, it was quite unfortunate that some sections of the Nagas were
trying to defy the ongoing Naga unification in terms of tribal and communal
lines in order to meet their ends at the expense of the Nagas.
The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ in a press release issued by ‘Brig’ Niki Sumi of People’s Army
of Nagaland (PAN) however said the initiators of the present Naga unification
were only trying to facilitate gradual unification of all Nagas.
Responding to query of “Hebron campers” (NSCN-IM) on his justification on Naga
unification, Niki reminded that Naga issue cannot be subjected to the interest
of any individual leader, clan or tribe “as contrary to Muivah’s philosophy of
dictating the Nagas at his personal whims.”
He said the GPRN/NSCN was only asking the Nagas to strive to usher in an era of
democratic participation of all the Nagas without fear or favour, so that common
interests would prevail upon individual ambitions.
“It is our honest desire that all the Nagas should unite under one platform top
realize our inherent aspirations,” ‘Brig.’ Niki added.

 

GPRN/NSCN’
not to involve in polls
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Correspondent

Kohima, Jan.19
(NPN): The “GPRN/NSCN” Saturday declared that it would not involve in the
forthcoming Assembly elections, schedule for March 5, and warned its civil and
military ranks against participation in what it described as “Indian sponsored”
elections.
Talking to this Correspondent, “GPRN/NSCN” spokesman Hokato Vusshe said the
“Collective Leadership” of the organization also warned the intending candidates
and political parties not to seek favour or incite intimidation from the “NSCN
cadres”. “Such acts of any candidates or political parties will be treated as a
National Crime and will be dealt with accordingly,” the spokesman warned.
He dismissed reports that the organization was in favour of a political party as
the “handiwork of certain elements that are against Naga unification”.
Vusshe appealed to the Naga people to dispel the thoughts of factionalism in
Naga underground groups stating “there is just one NSCN”.
On the unification process, he pointed out that the process ended bloodshed in
Nagaland and benefited the movement towards achievement of Naga sovereignty.

 

 

 

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