Ceasefire with the NSCN (IM) is ‘under considerable stress’

Chairman of CFMG points out ‘frequent serious violations of ceasefire ground rules’

DIMAPUR, JULY 22 : The Chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG), NK Singh today stated that the “Ceasefire with the NSCN (IM) is under considerable stress.” A press release from the office of the CFMG stated that “repeated, deliberated and frequent serious violations of the Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR) have taken place in the recent past that does not augur well and brings the sanctity of the CFGRs itself into question.”

The CFMG stated that the NSCN (IM) has “formally stated recently that they will not stop/prevent forcible collection of money by their persons, though they had given an undertaking in the CFGRs signed by them that they will prevent such activities.” It further claimed that the NSCN (IM) has “formally accepted that they killed Major Athong Yimchunger of the GPRN/NSCN on July 1…” and “…has also tacitly accepted their cadre’s involvement in the murder of nine innocent Indian citizens at Pachaspura in January this year…” It added that the group “has not taken any action to hand over the accused to Nagaland Police, despite formal intimations.” The CMFG lamented that “such activities severely set back the peace and reconciliation process…”

The CMFG further noted that the “accused in the December 23, 2013 Sumo taxi incident, which snowballed into the Mukalimi camp destruction later that month, have not yet been handed over to Nagaland Police for further lawful action.”

It further lamented that the past few months have seen “several cases of forcible collection of money, illegal demand notices, harassment, intimidation, even rape and molestation carried out by cadres of  NSCN (IM),” which it stated were violations of clauses (e) and (i).

Reminding that on July 19, the NSCN (IM) had “rubbished NK Singh’s claim that the ceasefire between the GoI and the NSCN (IM) was operational only within the state of Nagaland,” it informed that on July 21, the Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Manipur had stated that “the ceasefire is not extended to Manipur.” “This is the ground reality and should put to rest any doubts in this matter,” it added. Referring to the 2004 incident where Kraibo Chawang and 13 to 14 armed cadres were “led off by Manipur commodes due to pleas made by the Union Home Minister,” the CMFG stated that the incident does not “alter the actual position.” It further clarified that NSCN (IM) camps in Manipur “are not designated camps,” but are rather “taken note of camps existing as ambiguous legacies of the past.

 

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