Dimapur, July 17:After five months, representatives of Government of India and members of NSCN (I-M) Cease-Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) held the 71st Cease-Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) meeting at Police complex, Chumukedima Thursday.
The meeting that lasted around one hour reportedly discussed various issues among which the heightened tension in Ukhrul, Manipur in the aftermath of the killing of Ngalangzar—- on —- was taken up.
Briefing media after the meeting, Chairman of CFMG Lt. Gen (Retd) N.K. Singh asserted that since Manipur state was not within his brief, but it was nevertheless discussed as any situation that developed in Ukhrul or Manipur could have impact on Nagaland state.
Singh maintained, that despite the claim of the NSCN (I-M) that the cease-fire also covered and extended to Nagas inhabited areas i.e. “without territorial limits”, officially, the cease fire was confined only within Nagaland state.
The chairman CFMG said the claims of the NSCN (I-M) was reportedly based on “some agreement” in 2003 but pointed out that that clause was later cancelled by the government of India within a week of it being signed.
Pachaspura killing: Lt.Gen. (Retd) Singh also told the NSCN (I-M) representatives that it would be better to cooperate with the Nagaland Police by handing over six accused who were allegedly involved in the killing of Karbis on January 3 in Pachaspura, near Chumukedima.
He disclosed that the NSCN (I-M) did not agree to his suggestion as on the ground, that it continued to harbour many Rengmas inside Hebron camp, who were drive away from their lands.
Singh also said that many other issues were raised during the meeting such as “extortion or forcible collection of money” and other kinds of harassment. He also said NSCN (I-M) had been asked to prevent or avoid such incidents as these actions were clear violations of CFGR.
“While they may be having their view on certain issues, if there was a CFGR signed by them and government of India then both sides must follow them and abide by it,” said N.K. Singh. He added that some instances committed by Assam Rifles which could be termed as “harassment” was also brought to his notice by NSCN (I-M).
On 19 Assam Rifles raid on a house of a civilian on July 12, CFMG chairman said that “enough” of the issue has come out in the newspapers. He opined that “probably there was some information which perhaps was wrong information and these are the kind of actions which need to be avoided. This amounts to harassment which needed to be avoided”.
Asked if any corrective measures were being taken, Singh said that unless there was clear cut information, there should be no such harassment carried out. He however said the number of such “speculative searches” have come down in the last one year after he took over as chairman CFMG.
He said the NSCN (I-M) was asked to confine more of their cadres in the camp to avoid “the kind of frictions that take place in residential areas.”
Meeting Positive: Kraibo Chawang
CFMC convenor of NSCN (I-M) Kraibo Chawang in his brief interaction with media said the meeting discussed “many major, complicated” issues “very positively”.
Terming the meeting as “positive”, he said that both the entities agreed to hold “frequent meetings” to resolve the issues.
NSCN (I-M) CFMC member S Varah also termed the meeting as “very smooth.” He said there were misunderstandings or communication gap between two sides but reiterated that the ceasefire extended to Naga territories beyond Nagaland.
Varah opined that the bone of contention on this issue had impacted the progress of evolving a mechanism for the talks which should be sorted out at the appropriate level.
Representatives of Government of India led by N K Singh were DIG CRPF Amit Taneja, Maj Gen M M Narvane SM IGAR (N), Col Rajesh Gupta IGAR (N), Lt Col R S Gujar, SO G Rengma, DIG ® Akumba Yim and assistant to chairman Shokum Yim. NSCN (I-M) members led by Kraibo Chawang were John Anar, S Varah, Tokishe Sema, Qhetoyi Swu, Yangmi Muinao, Kiyezhe Sumi, Chuba Lemtur, Zeneituo Angami and K C Ayo.