Dimapur, April 10: The NSCN (IM) today alleged that Indian armed forces personnel, Assam Rifles in particular, are “deliberately” violating the Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR) agreed between the NSCN and the Government of India, not to set up any camp at the Dimapur-Hebron road.
It has been almost two years since the AR personnel began stationing at Doyapur which is situated on the way to the NSCN’s Council Headquarters (CHq), Hebron, it said.
“The AR personnel under the direction of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GoI has deliberately set up an outpost at Doyapur without any regard to the prior agreement and has been keeping a sharp eye on NSCN members going in and out of Hebron. The AR personnel armed with guns and registry and assisted by the installed CCTV cameras and smart-phones fitted on their chests stops and checks every passing vehicle,” a press release issued by MIP, NSCN/GPRN stated adding, such a deliberate act of harassment meted to commuters in the name of “law and order” is a willful act of invasion and intrusion of privacy upon individuals and organizations despite no law and order problem in the area.
Stating that the Assam Rifles have become bolder since 2020 and has intensified the harassment upon commuters with much vigour, the NSCN (IM) said the AR personnel at Doyapur apply five different levels of harassment upon commuters in their attempt to extract information about the movements and identities of NSCN members and well-wishers.
“Their first level during the initial days of setting up the outpost was simply to note down the numbers of every passing vehicle. The second level went up a few steps by asking commuters where they come from, where they are going and what their professions are. Upon further upgrade to the third level of harassment, the AR personnel ask the commuters their names, surnames/titles, tribes and even phone numbers. After going through each and every mandatory first, second and third levels of harassment, they started going to the extent of detaining commuters they chose for a longer period of time to apply the forth level of harassment. The fourth level consists of stopping and checking one’s handbag/rucksack all of sudden whether one is on an auto rickshaw, a bike, a car or a passenger bus. At times, while stopping the bus they would go over to check passengers randomly and tell any passenger to come down for ‘question and answer’ on different pretext. The fifth level comes when one travels alone in the evening or at night. That is when they frisk you and search your vehicle in the absence of any witness or companion,” the NSCN (IM) claimed.
It also stated that the AR personnel are checking and frisking commuters without following Covid-19 safety measures/SOPs despite the fact that the AR personnel have the highest Covid- 19 infection cases last year which is very alarming.
Stating that there is no logic in setting up an outpost of the AR at Doyapur to harass the commuters while the Indo-Naga peace process is going on, the NSCN (IM) called upon the GoI to ensure that every clause of the Peace Agreement be respected by curtailing the disruptive activities of the AR against the common people in general and the NSCN in particular as the present activities of the AR in checking the commuters round the clock at Doyapur is completely against the ongoing and longest peaceful Political Negotiation.
It also said that the setting up of the AR outpost at Dimapur-Hebron road is a blatant violation of the agreement and reminded the GoI for its withdrawal in the larger interest of the Indo-Naga peace process. (Page News Service)