Dimapur, May 1: The standoff between Security Forces and the NSCN (IM) has ended after the NSCN (IM) vacated the “unauthorized camp” at Sihai village about 5 Km from Khamasom near the Indo-Myanmar Border in Ukhrul district of Manipur.
The NSCN (IM) had occupied a temporary camp in Sihai village, which the Assam Rifles had termed as “unauthorized” and in gross violation of Ceasefire Ground Rules and against the spirit of ongoing ceasefire agreement.
The matter was addressed by the security forces at the appropriate level so as to ensure no further inconvenience is caused to the local people, said PRO (defense), Col C Konwer in a press release.
Stating that occupation of such a camp itself violates the spirit of ceasefire agreement, the PRO said once detected the NSCN (IM) leadership was given reasonable time to vacate the camp, which they failed to do thereby causing much hardship to the local populace.
“The attempt by the group to push the Security Forces to use force was responded with great restraint thereby ensuring that the issue did not escalate further and 21 long years of negotiations were not allowed to go waste. This assumes importance as the Government has worked extremely hard to settle the issue once and for all and the two are at the threshold of inking the deal,” it said.
Stating that setting of an unauthorized camp in violation of ground rules agreed upon is unfortunate and almost betrays the hopes of Naga people for the final accord anytime soon, the PRO said in the spirit of maintaining the momentum in negotiations achieved after signing of the Framework Agreement, the SF have been extremely careful not to escalate in spite of provocation from NSCN (IM) and approached the chairman CFMG though he has no mandate beyond Nagaland.
Using the good offices of Chairman CFMG and civil society organizations, it was ensured that the camp is vacated by NSCN(IM) in conformity with the Ceasefire Ground Rules, he said.
The PRO also alleged that the protest rallies orchestrated by the NSCN (IM) by inciting tribal sentiments against Assam Rifles, who acted with great restraint while only enforcing the ceasefire ground rules, will be counterproductive and earn NSCN (IM) the wrath of the common people.
“The action of the group has also resulted in creating discontent amongst other tribal organizations and people of the State who have expressed their displeasure on such blatant violation of existing agreement and disruption of normal life,” he alleged.
The defense release advised the NSCN (IM) to follow ceasefire ground rules in letter and spirit and not take actions that will jeopardize the final agreement and disrupt normal life of common citizens. (Page News Service)