Assam Rifles refutes NSCN (IM)’s claim of violating ceasefire ground rules
Dimapur, April 12 (EMN): The Assam Rifles (AR) on Monday refuted ceasefire ground rules violation allegation levelled against it by the NSCN (IM), saying that its outpost at Doyapur is a legitimate one that has been carrying out “bona fide task” for over two years.
“Doyapur post plays a key role in providing a secure environment according to the wishes of the local populace, and the government,” read the press release from PRO Defence Kohima, which also raised a possible “ulterior motives of the complainants”.
The AR stated that the outpost “is situated at around six km from Hebron camp, far beyond what is stipulated in the cease fire ground rules” and that “various initiatives by the Post, also in conjunction with the civil administration, have contributed in adding value to the lives of residents of Doyapur and its neighbouring villages”.
“NSCN (IM) is advised to refrain from their constant attempts directed at discrediting security forces to have a free hand in running its unlawful activities in the area. AR is mandated to carry out operations to ensure peace and order, and prevent any violation of ceasefire ground rules by any faction, and will continue to do so,” it stated, adding that operations are conducted by following Covid protocols.
It went on to state that it would “continue to operate against any faction which vitiates the security environment” for maintaining peace and tranquillity in the region.
The NSCN (IM) had earlier asked the Indian government to remove AR’s Doyapur outpost, stating that it violates the ceasefire ground rules and accuses its personnel of harassing the commuters in the name of law and order.