Responding to news reports published in the local dailies that NSCN (I-M) has assaulted NPF workers of lower Chinhan village, Tirap district (Arunachal Pradesh), MIP Monday clarified that the incident in Sanliam Village was not in any manner related to the election.
In a statement, NSCN (I-M) MIP said the incident followed after some persons claiming to be NPF and Congress workers from another village known as Chinhan Village who were detained for security reasons.
After an investigation, NSCN (I-M) found out that the supporters of NPF candidate Phawang Lowang was transporting “Khaplang” men from village to village for election campaign and claimed that NSCN (I-M) men were ambushed at Longliang village on April 4 by NSCN (K) cadres but fled as they were out-manoeuvred.
NSCN (I-M) MIP also alleged that Assam Rifles and Khaplang group were hands in glove in intimidating the villagers to vote for Phawang Lowang.
Meanwhile, NSCN (I-M) has accused Phawang Lowang of having a “secret understanding” with Terong of the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) who was in an “open tie-up” with the Khaplang group patronized by one Johny claiming to be the Revenue Kilonser of NSCN (K).
MIP asserted NSCN (I-M) was “clear that any person/group having connection with Khaplang gang and the Assam Rifles do not represent Naga interest.”