Dimapur, May 21: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has condemned the military offensive against the Nagas in Naga Self-Administered Zone (NSAZ) in Myanmar, stating that such action can never be justified and is a total violation of human rights.
In a statement, the NTC reminded that Nagas in Myanmar are in their ancestral land and they are the aboriginal owners of the land and its resources. “If the ongoing aggression continues, the innocent and defenceless Nagas will face the same fate of the Muslim Rohingyas who had to flee homes in their lakhs under the pressure of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar Govt. The Nagas in Myanmar are in their own land and they are not illegal immigrants in that country,” it said.
Stating that since 2012 there has been peace under the agreed ceasefire between the NSCN(K) of Myanmar and the Myanmar Government, the NTC said both parties are expected to abide by its terms in letter and spirit. It appealed to NSCN(K) of Myanmar to sincerely pursue the best options for permanent peace under the present ceasefire and by which alone the Nagas in the east will be protected from invasion and subjugation.
The NTC also appealed to Government of India to prevail upon Myanmar not to push the Nagas in that country against the wall for the sake of keeping peace in the eastern region of India.
The enforcement of the policy of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar will definitely upset the existing peaceful atmosphere in the eastern region, it said.
Contract killer: The NTC also expressed shock over reports that a professional contract killer was hired to kill a politician in Nagaland. “Whoever has hired Vijay Farmana is no doubt not an ordinary citizen but a very wealthy person who could spend not less than a crore of rupees for annihilation of a Naga politician. Despite the tumultuous political history the Nagas have, this episode is the first of its kind in hiring foreign shooters to finish the life of the Nagas which is a new violent culture if found to be true and we cannot afford to handle the very case casually,” it said.
The NTC urged the State Government to positively bring the investigation to its realistically logical conclusion without any dilution and award befitting punishment as per law of the land. (Page News Service)