NSCN (I-M) accuses Assam Rifles of violating Ceasefire ground rules

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DIMAPUR, Aug 10 (Newmai): The NSCN-IM has accused the Assam Rifles of violating the Ceasefire ground rules. The Naga outfit then advised that “it is best if the Indian security forces restrain from indulging in violent acts”.

In a statement issued to the media houses on Friday, the NSCN-IM said, “Realizing that Nagas and Indians will co-exist, it is best if the Indian security forces restrain from indulging in violent acts that will hamper the understanding that is being built on the basis of shared sovereignty”.

According to the NSCN-IM, despite the ceasefire agreement which came into effect from August, 1997 and the same reinstated reinforcement (the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) review committee meeting on 13/06/2018 at Chumukedima in Dimapur) to observe in letter and spirit the mutually agreed Cease Fire Ground Rules “keeping in mind the Framework Agreement that was signed and for the safe landing of the Indo-Naga political settlement, the repeated Assam Rifles offensive against NSCN members is highly condemned, and at the same time warned of any possible confrontation”.

The NSCN-IM then said that it “strongly” voiced resentment over the “reckless act” of the 32nd Assam Rifles personnel that “raided” the residence of Kishore Jeedung, Member, Steering Committee of the NSCN-IM at Dhansiripar, Dimapur district. The NSCN-IM alleged that the “intruders” numbering about 20-30 came wearing mask and without insignia deliberately “violating” the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) on August 9, 2018 at around 6.40 pm. The Naga outfit further alleged that the “intruders forcefully made him to sign a NOC which stated that the intruders returned from his house without conducting any form of intrusion or raid at his residence”.

According to the NSCN-IM, right after he signed the paper, the “intruders” unleashed their real motive to raid and abuse (physically and verbally) his family. “They tried to loot the family’s possession, but could only seize his Identity card,” the NSCN-IM further alleged. “The ordeal lasted for more than one and half hour until the Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) intervened,” it stated, adding, “The unfortunate incident was witnessed by the village ‘gaon bura’ and village elders”.

The NSCN-IM also alleged that there was another incident of “unprovoked firing” by the Indian Army at New Ngaolong village in Peren district on August 8, 2018 where a jawan of the 6 Sector Assam Rifles sustained injury. The NSCN-IM “made clear” that the the Naga outfit had no intention of creating unwanted situation at this “crucial” hour. “Rather, the GPRN expects the Indian Army to reciprocate the NSCN gesture of respecting the mutually agreed Cease Fire Ground Rules,” the NSCN-IM said. The Naga outfit further stated that the “violation from the Indian Army” led to the injury of the jawan which was an “unintentional” affliction. “A few NSCN cadres who were on duty and resting at a hut were indiscriminately fired upon by the Assam Rifles personnel that compelled the Naga Army personnel to retaliate,” the Naga outfit claimed.

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