NNPGs suspends peace talk with GoI over AR raid

NNPGs suspends peace talk  with GoI over AR raid

Dimapur, June 4: A midnight raid by the Assam Rifles on the house of NNC general secretary & co-convener of the Working Committee, NNPGs on June 2 at Jotsoma appears to have created an unwanted roadblock in the negotiations between the Government of India and the Nagas groups towards finding a lasting solution to the Indo-Naga political issue with the WC NNPGs, one of the group involved in a separate ongoing negotiation with GoI, reportedly suspending talks till GoI gives a clarification on the raid.
The Kohima Battalion of the Assam Rifles had on June 2 last raided Nagi’s residence and claimed to have seized large amount of illegal arms, ammunitions and cash, including foreign currency.
Condemning the raid on Nagi’s residence in a press release, the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) lamented that the raid has created distrust between the Government of India and Working Committee of NNPGs, which it said is a matter of serious concern.
“The worst of all is the reaction of the Working Committee to keep the ongoing negotiation process on suspension till the GOI gives clarification on its stance,” it said adding the posture adopted by the WC is justifiable for the fact that negotiation has to be wholesome and not double standard.
NTC stated that the purpose of having ceasefire and political negotiation is to end the political turmoil that has been rocking the entire Northeast region for decades and to bring normalcy and peace in this party of the country. However, NTC said it is perplexed at times when the Government of India applies the ‘carrot and stick’ policy by provoking prominent leaders of NNPGs who are officially engaged with GoI through raids of their homes by security forces in the name of keeping law and order.
“What NTC believes is that those victims in particular and everyone who upholds the principles of ceasefire deserves better treatment than doubting and undermining their position. What NTC does not understand is how bullying and provocative raids can virtually pave way for sustainable peace in the region,” it stated.
Stating that the NTC has been working to see that nothing derails the process of negotiation till it attains logical result, it urged the Government of India to come out with clear cut policy without any ambiguity if at all it intends to fulfill its commitment on the negotiation and end with solution on time.
Meanwhile, NTC has also questioned the involvement of Nagaland Police in the raid on June 2 as reported in the local media.
It said all through these years, every successive governments including PDA made repeated pledges to support the ongoing political negotiation between the NNPGs and GoI. Whereas, knowing fully that such provocative action as raid can hamper the process of negotiation, the participation of Nagaland Police is indeed dubious, it said.
It also demanded to know the stand of the State Government in relation with political negotiation vis-à-vis raids.
NNC condemns: Naga National Council has also condemned the midnight house raid and ransacking of the house of V. Nagi, general secretary (NNC) & co-convener (WC) NNPGs on June 2 at around 11:30 pm by Assam Rifles who came with 3 camouflaged local youth and damaged by breaking door lock in his (leader) absence.
The NNC alleged that the Assam Rifles took his personal saving of dollars collection from 1994 onwards of old notes, and family members’ fixed deposits money of compensation/acquisition of land for four lane roads at Sechii Zubza, Kohima, two old Japanese rifle/one Lady Rifle of World War 2 with two helmets for use at Japanese Memorial site Puliebadze Jotsoma for occasions, two licensed cartridge gun (not shotgun), one Air-Gun, one country made spoiled 9mm, one small normal binocular, one spoiled night vision, one spoiled .22 pen gun, some old photos of peace work and one his personal security pistol, old records of NNC appeal/request for fund for peace and unity work in the homeland but not received amount of money records, NNC (Non-Violence Group) files/records, and family files of land/property etc.
It said the Assam Rifles raided and ransacked the house without warrant of any document from authority concerned with certain intention of harming V Nagi if at all present.
It alleged that the AR nearly shot his son who came out terrified on the corridor and made to jump down from the building to the ground at gunpoint.
The Assam Rifles even raided Girls Hostel students run by the family, it alleged adding they are going to lodge complaint to the Women Commission/ authority concern.
The NNC further said the Assam Rifles even did not spare Nagi’s mother who is a stroke patient and bed ridden and searched and terrified all the family members including small children.
They even threatened to come back again for such search.
The NNC said the Assam Rifles personnel was led by one Captain Ankit and his army of about 40 jawans at this peaceful and negotiations time. (Page News Service)