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Centre may consult ex army brass for drawing new roadmaps for Manipur, Nagaland

Nagaland News

Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, MAY 23: Appreciating the gravity of the situation in violence-hit Manipur and the near stalemate in Naga peace talks, the Centre is now mulling the idea of talking to some former army officers for “informal consultations”.
The decision has been taken apparently as there was no let up in the situation and violence still continued in vulnerable areas.
On May 23 night, Meiteis allegedly burned down 3 Kuki villages in Bishnupur district. The hamlets are Phoisanphai (near Kwakta), P. Gelmol and Gangpibul (near Tronglaobi).
Sources claimed one Toijam Chandramani (30) from Thengra Leirak was killed at Thamnapokpi hillside.
Another person sustained injury at Singda on Wednesday morning.
Sources quoting reports from Manipur say curfew relaxation has been withdrawn and restrictions have been re-imposed in Bishnupur, Imphal East, Imphal West and Jiribam districts in view of the deteriorating situation.
The fresh order notified that all persons belonging to essential services such as health, transportation of food and water will be exempted.
In some places, people have been advised to take special permission in case of emergencies and for persons who want to take out procession for marriage and funerals.
Sources said officials who served in Nagaland in key and top positions in the late 1990s too would be consulted. The feedback may be sought on the pending Naga peace talks which hit roadblock since 2019 when the contentious issues of Flag and Naga Constitution was raised by NSCN-IM. On the other side, the NNPG too may now mount further pressure to take the talks and Agreed Position inked in 2017 to its logical conclusion.
One retired senior military officer when contacted told Nagaland Page that “It will be a mistake and futile if no concrete movement is made in the Naga peace talks. Developments in Manipur, wherein trust between non-tribal Meiteis and tribal Kukis have been hit, is a warning”.
Another former army official recently met Naga groups also and reportedly agreed that there was no justification for delay in peace parleys. “Governments keep coming and going…Governors and Ministers change. The onus for peace and solution is more with Naga people and Naga rebel groups”, the ex official said reportedly concurring with the Government stance that delay in finalising Naga peace pact is not due to the Centre.
In a key development, a group of Kuki leaders met Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at Kohima on Wednesday and briefed about the volatile situation and also about their new demand for a Separate Administration, sources said.
Some 250 Kuki people are taking shelter in Medziphema lately and State Government, other agencies and Naga militant groups have extended humanitarian assistance by supplying rice and some essential commodities.
In Manipur, firefight between security forces and some Meitei groups has added to further tension. Four security force personnel were reportedly injured in a gun battle in Kamjong district.