Dimapur, April 30: After five days of a standoff that left people panic-stricken, Assam Rifles personnel and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) insurgents have agreed to withdraw from two remote villages of Ukhrul in Manipur.
A decision towards de-escalating the tension was taken by Nagaland’s Kohima-based Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) and a delegation of NSCN-IM leaders at a meeting held on Tuesday.
According to a report in New Indian Express, the NSCN-IM said the process for withdrawal of the rebels and Assam Rifles troopers from the two villages had been set in motion.
“The matter was amicably resolved today (Tuesday) at a meeting that we had with CFMG chairman Lt Gen (retd) Shokin Chauhan in Kohima. It was decided that both sides will vacate the areas simultaneously. The withdrawal is in the process,” NSCN-IM’s Ceasefire Monitoring Cell convenor Kraibo Chawang told the newspaper.
He said the CFMG chairman conveyed the decision to Assam Rifles authorities and similarly, the NSCN-IM communicated it to its members holed up in the camp.
The Assam Rifles started sending reinforcements to Sihai, which is a Naga village located around five km from Khamasom, since April 26 on learning that the rebels had set up an “unauthorised” camp.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, various Naga organisations of Ukhrul district took out a peace rally at Sihai where the Assam Rifles personnel were stationed and urged both sides to defuse the tension.
(Page News Service)