Absolute peace in Nagaland for last 8 months: CFMG chairman

Absolute peace in Nagaland for last 8 months: CFMG chairman
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Kohima, April 26: Nagaland has been witnessing absolute peace for almost a year now with no exchange of firing between the armed forces and Naga groups, said chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) Lt Gen (retd) Shokin Chauhan Friday.
Interacting with media persons at the State Guest House here Friday, Chauhan said the last 8-10 months after he took over as the CFMG chairman there has been no exchange of fire and has been absolutely peaceful.
On the April 11 Lok Sabha polls in the State, he said the groups accepted our request not to involve in intimidation and violation of ceasefire ground rules during the election period.
“This has led to having the most peaceful Lok Sabha polls in the country,” he claimed while stating that there were factions in neighbouring states involved in intimidation but Nagaland was very peaceful.
The CFMG has been successful in tremendously reducing the violation of ceasefire rules and now it has come to a point where there is no fighting between the security forces and the Naga groups or within the NSCN factions.
That is more important for the people of Nagaland because peace will prevail once the infighting stops and also the army stops from entering homes and market, he said.
The retired general officer said that the situation at the ground has been peaceful while the cadres moving from place to place have to report the matter to CFMG.
On extortion bids carried out by different Naga groups, Chauhan said the matter is discussed at the review meetings held with the groups but they say it is not extortion but ‘voluntary donations’ and “when there is no complaint from anybody how can I initiate action.”
Highlighting that the ceasefire ground rules restricts any faction from intimidation and extortion bids, the CFMG chairman asserted that anybody is free to approach his office with such complaints and immediate action would be initiated.
Chauhan refrained from answering queries on the ongoing talks between the Centre and the Naga nationalist groups saying that he is there to monitor the violation of cease fire rules.
Nonetheless, the CFMG chairman asserted that continuation of peaceful atmosphere would be a boost towards achieving an early solution to the vexed Naga political problem.
“I am not getting involved with talks, but to monitor the CF violations by the security forces and the four NSCN groups, NSCN(IM), NSCN(K), NSCN(R) and NSCN(KN) which are presently under the agreement,” he said.
Meanwhile, asked whether the CFMG would approach the remaining groups from NNC to join the ceasefire with Centre, Chauhan said “if they want they can come to us otherwise the approach cannot be made from our end”. (Page News Service)