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Nagaland placed on maximum alert


PHQ recall cops on leave; DCs asked to remain in station

Kohima, October 21: The Government of Nagaland has placed the State on maximum alert as the deadline set by the Government of India to resolve the vexed Naga political problem on October 31 draws near.
While security forces have started conducting frisking in several places across the State and Naga inhabited areas in neighbouring states, the State Government has directed district administrations to remain in full alertness. The Government has, however, not stated the reason why the State has been placed under such panic situation.
The Government directed Deputy Commissioners and administrative officers to remain in their place of posting and within their jurisdiction till further orders. It has also banned leave and recalled all police personnel on leave except those on medical and maternity leaves already sanctioned.
The DGP Nagaland has also issued an order cancelling the police duty cum sports meet 2019 on account of “exigent and unavoidable circumstances”. The PHQ has also banned all kinds of leave and directed all unit commanders to recall all officers and personnel on leave immediately except those on medical leave.
Governor R N Ravi, who is also Union Government’s interlocutor to the Naga peace process convened a high level security meeting today which was attended by Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, DGP, GOC 3 Corps, IG Assam Rifles (North), Home Commissioner, Joint Director SIB and others attended.
The Centre has asked Ravi to conclude the Naga peace process within three months which will end by October 31. But the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) said they will not seal the final agreement till the Union Government recognize a separate flag for Nagalim (Nagaland) and a constitution – a demand the Government has flatly rejected. Other groups who are also in dialogue with the Union Government said they are ready to ink an agreement anytime.
NSCN said they are ready to face any eventuality if their demands are not accepted by New Delhi. The outfit has also alerted all its formations and units against the backdrop of Government’s movements.
Observers say Government’s latest activities are to put pressure on NSCN to accept the offer of the Central Government and sign the final pact. It is just a psychological game to deter the NSCN, says one political analyst.
Many feel that abrogation of ceasefire at this juncture would cost heavily to the people and the Government.
Meanwhile there is buying spree of essential commodities by panicked public in the State capital. There are reports of rush of buying of commodities by people in the last couple of days after rumours and apprehension spread through social media, added by preparedness activities of the Government and reports of movements of security forces.
The State Government is yet to issue statement on the current situation even as there is growing panic and apprehension among the people.
(Page News Service)