DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 19: Indian Security Forces have rebutted the NSCN (IM) allegation of Assam Rifles “brutality and high handedness towards Naga people” and their demand that the “Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) should look into the matter with all seriousness to halt the arrest and raiding spree of the AR”.
“The statement that action against NSCN (IM) is towards Naga people cannot be farther from the truth. Security forces have never apprehended any innocent civilians and have only acted against cadres of insurgent groups, indulging in activities in contravention of Ceasefire ground rules,” said a press release issued by PRO (Def) Kohima, Lt Col Sumit K Sharma.
On the October 9 incident, as stated by the NSCN (IM), the PRO clarified that a joint operation was carried out with the police, based on complaints from public regarding presence of armed military wing cadres of NSCN (IM) in Signal Angami area of Dimapur in violation of the ceasefire ground rules.
“Therefore, it was in the interest of public safety to verify the inputs and the Security Forces completed the operation and obtained a No Objection Certificate,” it claimed.
Regarding the October 12 incident at Maram, Senapati District, Manipur, the PRO claimed that the local battalion prevented a group of 9 NSCN (IM) cadres who were carrying forceful illegal taxation from transporters near Don Bosco School. However ‘ss’ 2nd Lt Kennedy attempted to hit one of AR soldiers, who was performing his duties under sovereign protection of AFSPA 1958, and jumped into the bushes, thereby preventing security forces from carrying out their bona fide military duties within statutory powers, it claimed.
The release said the troops exercised maximum restraint and prevented the situation from escalating by apprehending the individual and handing him over to Senapati Police Station. “The local CSOs even gave an undertaking that the NSCN (IM) cadre was in a medically fit state and the cadre himself too promised the Security Forces that such illegal taxation would not be carried out in future,” it said.
As regards the October 14 incident at 17th Mile, Jairampur, Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh, the PRO said the military wing cadres of the NSCN (IM) were prevented from carrying out “forceful illegal taxation”, which was prevented by the Security Forces by conduct of their bona fide duty.
(Page News Service)