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NSCN (R) censures governor’s statement

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By EMN Updated: Jun 29, 2020 11:23 pm
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Dimapur, June 29 (EMN): The NSCN (R) has taken exception to the recent statements of Governor RN Ravi, who is also the Centre’s interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Naga group said that it was “appalled” by Ravi equating the 73-year-old Naga national movement to a “mere law and order” issue, and referring to Naga groups as “armed gangs”.

The group maintained that it was unbecoming of a governor/interlocutor to ‘attempt to distort history’.

“Such interlocutor who says one thing in ‘New Delhi’ and does just the opposite, is very ironic, and makes one wonder how divisive and dangerous a mindset such a person carries. The Naga national movement is a history of blood and tears where every single Naga has suffered at the hands of the more powerful neighbour,” read the statement.

It also hit out at “some few Naga writers and political parties (who couldn’t even retain a single seat)” for coming out in support of the governor/interlocutor.

“The Naga history is not your plaything for you to fiddle it around,” it stated.

‘Harassment by Assam Rifles’

The group also expressed outrage over what it stated were harassments and ordeals unleashed upon its members in and around Dimapur by Assam Rifles personnel.

It stated that the security forces’ actions were uncalled for and highly questionable.

“It is to be noted that the CFGR (ceasefire ground rules) mentioned in Part 1(D), clearly states that no ‘raids (especially of card holders) will be conducted by the SF (security forces). However, if any breach of CFGR (by both SF or Naga army) is/are detected, then the report may be taken up to the CFSB/CFMC office who will intimate the CF (ceasefire) mechanism/board and representatives/members of NSCN who will sit with the CFSB/CFMC, to sort out the issue in disciplining own respective erring cadres,” read the statement.

It questioned why the security forces were conducting “blatant raids after raids without any regard to CFGR and CF office”.

The group asked the ‘competent authorities’ to rein in their personnel “since the hard-earned peace and decorum maintained between two entities (GoI and NSCN) is too dear a price to be derailed because of some few wayward, indisciplined and unethical AR boys”.

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By EMN Updated: Jun 29, 2020 11:23:38 pm