NSCN (IM) ceasefire not in Manipur: Gaikhangam

The ceasefire trust between Government of India and NSCN (IM) “is not extended to Manipur,” state Manipur deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the home portfolio, reminded the house of the Manipur Assembly on Monday.

As the ceasefire trust did not extend in the state, there is no question of violating the ceasefire ground rules, the home minister said.
“It is a fact that the ceasefire does not extended in Manipur. If the Centre insists to recognize it, state government will never allow extending the same,” he said categorically while tabling an action taken report of the state government against the cadres of the outfit.
Replying to a question raised by MLA RK Anand of the ruling Congress, Gaikhangam said there was no camp of the NSCN (IM) officially recognized by the Government of Manipur. He added that the government would not allow setting up of any designated camp of the outfit in the state under any circumstance.
Gaikhangam said NSCN (IM) cadres were disturbing the law and order situation in the state even though the ceasefire agreement did not extend in the state. He alleged that NSCN (IM) has been unleashing crimes against the people like killing innocent civilians as well as government officials ever since the outfit signed ceasefire agreement with the Centre.
“The cadres of NSCN(IM) were entering to Manipur territory and carrying out illegal activities like killing, extortion and kidnapping,” he said.
As many as 420 cases related with crimes committed by NSCN(IM) cadres have been registered by the state police in the last 15 years since the outfit entered into ceasefire trust with the Government of India. During the same period, a total of 455 cadres of the outfit have been arrested in the state, he added.
He said the state government has been taking up appropriate action to check prejudicial activities of the underground cadres in the state, adding the arrest of NSCN (IM) cadres from Ukhrul was an instant of government action against unlawful activities of the underground elements.
Besides the NSCN (IM) cadres, the home minister said the state government is taking up action against those anti-social elements including underground cadres to check their prejudicial activities in the state.
Irrespective of hills and valley, the state government is taking its responsibility to safeguard its people, Gaikhangam asserted.
Earlier, raising various questions, MLA RK Anand insisted the home minister to give detail report of action taken by the state government if the ceasefire trust between Centre and NSCN (IM) do not extend in the state.
The statement of the state deputy chief minister came barely two days after convenor of NSCN-IM Cease Fire Monitoring Group, Kraibo Chawang, had asserted that “According to the June 14, 2001 cease fire agreement, the cease fire is between the Government of India and the NSCN as two entities without territorial limits.
He had further stated that since it is a bilateral agreement one party has no right to unilaterally change the agreement.

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