Dimapur, May 2: The NSCN (IM) today termed the statement of Eastern Command of Indian Army as ‘unfortunate’ and accused it of desperately trying to show military colour to the Sihai stand off.
It said the GPRN is relieved that the Sihai camp episode is finally resolved amicably after a week waiting to be handled at appropriate political level as Indo-Naga issue is a political issue and not military.
A press release issued by the MIP stated that during the whole period of intense heat as seen on the spot of conflict, the biggest question that comes up was why the military build up when the issue is already flying high at the highest political level and just touching the threshold of signing up for the final political settlement.
The NSCN (IM) regretted that the press statement of Eastern Command, Indian Army only reflects heavy grudge against NSCN.
It said the AR authority stationed at Sihai to monitor the situation has all along maintained that they are simply obeying the order from the higher up. As this is the case, the press statement also should have been issued by the higher up who sent them. The correct higher up authority to have issued the press statement is Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), it added.
Stating that Naga political movement is a people’s movement, the NSCN (IM) said in this period passing more than 71 years of struggle, Naga people’s sentiment is deeply involved.
There is no question of NSCN inciting the people or anything orchestrated by NSCN as stated by Eastern Command press release, it said adding the Naga people’s reaction, organizing Mass Rally is something that comes spontaneously because of their love for peace and their aspiration for the final political settlement.
“We believe that the Mass Rally is not targeted against AR or against NSCN but for cooling down the situation to avoid showdown,” the release stated.
The NSCN further advised PIB (Defence) to handle press matter with professional craft, bereft of communal poison and avoid stretching their hands too far not to touch on issues that are not within their parameter. (Page News Service)