August 2009 News

August 2009 News

CFMG discuss points of ‘mutual concern’

Dimapur | August 10 :

After a gap of more than five months since the Shiroi stand-off between the  Assam Rifles and the NSCN (IM), the ceasefire monitoring group (CFMG) today held a meeting here at Chumukedima Police Complex, and discussed various “irritants” coming in the way of smooth implementation of the ceasefire ground rules.

Emerging from the closed-door meeting, CFMG chairman General Mandhita Singh told media persons that the meeting focused on how to keep the communication channels between the law enforcing agencies and the underground factions “open,” to prevent any misunderstanding. The chairman said the CFMG members discussed certain points of “mutual concern.” These issues included how to deal with “people” of criminal backgrounds, the issue of capital punishment and the rampant extortion in the state.

It was informed that the CFMG members also discussed on the situation in NC Hills, Assam, and Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. “Other irritants like the issue of passes to senior functionaries of factions and checking conducted by security forces on certain routes were also discussed,” the General said. On the current situation in Nagaland vis-à-vis factional violence, he said it was encouraging that inter-factional clashes and killings have reduced decreased. The CFMG chairman however noted that although the overall violence in the state had certainly come down, the biggest concern was that of “unbridled extortion and abduction for money” still remained.

On implementation of the standard operation procedure (SOP), which is strongly opposed by the NSCN (IM), Singh hinted on how the groups can be incorporated into the whole process. “We are not adverse to involvement of representatives of faction in sorting out problems,” he added.

Nagaland Commissioner HK Khulu, who also attended the meeting, said today’s CFMG meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and termed the discussions as “fruitful.” He hoped that outcome would be positive and that things would improve.  Nagaland’s Director General of Police K Kire and IGAR (N) JP Nehra and top officials from the security forces also attended the meeting.

‘SOP not part of CF agreement’

The NSCN (IM) has reiterated its opposition to the SOP. It has said that the SOP, issued by the Home Ministry during the brief stint of President’s Rule in Nagaland in 2007, had nothing to do with the ceasefire agreement between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM).

Convener of ceasefire monitoring cell of the NSCN (IM), “major general” Phungthing Shimrang who headed the six-member team of the faction in today’s CFMG meeting, later told media persons that the main point they put forward was that whatever agreement the Government of India had entered upon was the latter’s concern.

“If GoI is able to handle that (SOP) with other groups, well and good. But what GoI and NSCN have agreed upon should be followed. SOP has nothing to do with the ceasefire agreement between NSCN and GoI,” he said.

On earlier occasions, Phungthing had said that the SOP especially violated clauses (a) and (j) of the revised CFGR, which stated that the Indian Army would not carry out offensive operations against the group. Further, all cases of violation of the ground rules would be referred to a monitoring group comprising of the NSCN (IM), NGOs and representatives nominated by the Government of India.

On reports of Muivah’s recent “clandestine” visit to Nagaland, Phunthing refuted it   and said it was mere speculation and mischief. To a query on their involvement in the NC Hills, he said, “If we have been involved, things would have been different long back. In fact we told our men there not to involve,” he asserted.

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Press Release

11th August 2009

In view of the hardened conspiracy doing the rounds the NSCN/GPRN is forced to clarify on the misgiving allegation of arrest of two suspected NSCN cadres from Ghoshkata Village on 7th August 2009 along with one anti-talk faction NDFB cadre by the Assam police under Dotma police station in kokrajhar district identified as Lukiya Sema and Hovishe Chisi of Pihekhu Village under Niuland PS, Dimapur, alleging NSCN to have been indulging with NDFB and UFLA in subversive activities in Lower Assam districts on or before 15th August that appeared in Nagaland Post on 10th August 2009. The NSCN/GPRN denied such random allegation in the strongest term and clarified in no uncertain term that the two arrested persons were in no way associated or members of the NSCN cadres. The NSCN/GPRN strongly warns and questions the motive of those vested elements for associating and dragging the name of the NSCN with those vested individuals and advise the media to be cautious of those destructive elements and not to be so hurry in giving such false publication without proper confirmation, identification and proof to avoid creating further unwanted misunderstandings and term the allegation as uncalled for which is nothing but a deliberate attempt to damage the image and reputation of the NSCN/GPRN before the general public which is detrimental and harmful to the conducive atmosphere in the society.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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NSCN (IM) cadres killed in AR ambush

DIMAPUR | AUGUST 12 :

Barely two days after the ceasefire monitoring group (CFMG) meeting between representatives of the Government of India and the NSCN (IM), four NSCN (IM) cadres including a “major” were killed in an alleged ambush by security forces near Shakok and Koda villages, some 35km from Ukhrul town, Wednesday morning.

Sources said around 40-50 NSCN (IM) cadres from the Kiusumong battalion were on patrol in the area between the two villages when they were “ambushed” by troops of the Assam Rifles around 7 am.  Sources also said intermittent exchange of fire between the two sides continued till 12 noon.

A senior functionary of the NSCN (IM) said four cadres including their commander identified as one “major” Reisang were killed in the “ambush.”  However, unconfirmed reports said that several more cadres were killed in the ambush.

The NSCN (IM) functionary alleged that the incident was a “well planned” and “unprovoked ambush” carried out by the Assam Rifles. He also alleged that the Manipur Government had a hand in the ambush as  the government wanted to send the message that the ceasefire between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) was not applicable in Manipur.

When contacted, the chairman of ceasefire monitoring group (CFMG) General Mandhita Singh said he too had heard that there was some skirmish between the security forces and NSCN (IM) in Manipur.  He however declined to comment on the incident and said “my jurisdiction is limited to Nagaland only. I don’t have any comment on incidents that may happen outside Nagaland.”  Asked whether the incident would have any impact on the ceasefire, the General declined to comment and said, “I hope they will sort out the situation.”    Convenor of the ceasefire monitoring cell (CFMC) of NSCN (IM), “maj gen” Phungthing Shimrang could not be contacted.

Meanwhile, civil society groups led by the Tangkhul Naga Long have reportedly gathered outside the Ukhrul DC’s office demanding that they be allowed to visit the spot where today’s ambush took place so as to verify and ascertain the exact nature of the incident and also to determine the casualty. According to reports received here, more than a hundred people have gathered outside the DC’s office even at the time of filing this late news report. It was disclosed from local sources that the civil society groups were not allowed to proceed to the area where the incident took place.

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DHD (N) lays down arms for talks

13 August, 2009

In accordance with the modified ceasefire ground rules, the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-N) has laid down arms to the security forces yesterday at its designated camp Maibong.

The modified ceasefire ground rules made it compulsory for a militant body to lay down arms for it to commence any peace talks with the government.

Sources in Dispur said that the Dilip Nunisa faction of the DHD deposited their arms under the double-lock system at its designated camp in Maibong in the presence of North Cachar Hills superintendent of police, Anurag Tankha. The weapons were being kept inside a room at the camp and process of laying down arms was expected to be completed by the end of August.

“Two locks are placed on the door. Those can be opened only in the attendance of both parties,” the sources said.

The Maibong camp in NC Hills with 150 odd cadres, from now on would be guarded by two platoons of Assam police Task Force. Cadres of the 560 strong Nunisa faction are stationed in four camps – three in North Cachar Hills and one in Karbi Anglong since the proclamation the ceasefire in 2003.

The campsites in NC Hills district are in Dhansiri, Harangajao and Maibong, besides Deogbra. Though the revised ground rules were approved by both the Centre and the outfit in New Delhi, it took endeavored efforts on the part of the authorities to get the Nunisa group to stand by it.

In fact, both chief secretary P.C. Sharma and new DGP Shankar Barua, during a trip to Maibong on Friday, urged the outfit to abide by the ground rules.

Nunisa said after preliminary disinclination, his outfit decided to submit arms in the “greater interest” of the peace process. He had previously said they would not let go of the weapons.

“It is a benevolence gesticulation for all communities and groups. With the Nunisa faction giving up arms, the Jewel faction will not have to worry about safety. We can expect to hear some excellent news on the DHD (J) front too,” the source said, adding that the Nunisa division has also decided not to venture out to public places with arms.

The DHD (J), after the capture of its leader Jewel Garlosa in Bangalore recently, had declared a unilateral ceasefire and sent feelers to the government for talks. The government, however, insisted that the outfit first deposited its arms, which was not acceptable to the group.

The Centre has asked the Assam government to go all out against the DHD (J) although the outfit had declared a unilateral ceasefire.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday renewed its request to the Jewel Garlosa faction of the DHD to follow similar path.

Gogoi informed that the government was in constant communication with the DHD (J) to bring the Dimasa radical organization to the negotiating table. “But in-house contradictions within the group over the ceasefire rules have held up the ceasefire deal,” the Assam Chief Minister added.

Stating that the ultra group could talk anything within Indian Constitution including its demand for a separate state, Gogoi said that the insurgent group first needed to dump their arms for any truce with the government.

The surrender of weapons by the DHD (Nunisa) assumes significance since the authorities have been persuading the faction to stand by the new ceasefire ground rules. The laying down of arms by the DHD (N) was likely to go a long way in instilling confidence in DHD (J) rebels to give up arms if they wanted to take their purpose of ceasefire forward.

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Rally against deployment of additional forces in Manipur

13 August 2009

People in thousands took part in protest rallies across the five hill districts of Manipur on Tuesday demanding revision of the government’s decision of deploying police commandos and IRB in the hills areas.

Memorandums were submitted to the deputy commissioners of the five hills districts. The rallies marched to the district headquarters of Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur districts. Highest turn out of people in the protest was reported from Ukhrul with an estimated turn out of 10,000 people, Senapati and Churandpur recorded around 5000 each while Chandel and Tamenglong at 2000 and 2300 respectively. The rally in the border town Moreh was participated by around 500 people.

The mass protest rallies were organized jointly by the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur, (ANSAM), Kuki Students’ Organisation, KSO-GHQ, CDSU Churachandpur, NSUC Chandel, TKS Ukhrul, SDSA Senapati and ZSUM Tamenglong.

The rally started around 10 to 11 am and concluded after submitting memorandums to the deputy commissioners of the respective districts. The memorandums sought review to the May 19 Cabinet decision to deploy state police commandos and IRBs in the hill districts.

All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) assistant general secretary, Robert Leivom said, “We strongly condemn the impunity given to the state forces to kill and harass people, especially Manipur police commandos and IRB,” recalling the incident of July 23 in which two persons were killed and five injured in the heart of Imphal by Manipur police commandos in broad daylight.

A Cabinet meeting of the Secular Progressive Front government on May 19 last decided to open posts of police commandos at the district headquarters of five hills districts and opening of more IRB posts in the areas as part of replacing Central security forces currently deployed in the entire hill districts.

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Press Release

13th August 2009

The NSCN/GPRN makes its position very clear to all concerned that it does not entertains or own any responsibility whatsoever for any press release or statement issued by any vested individual whether public or national worker except that comes through the MIP/GPRN and PRO Naga Army.

The writing of the so called Lieut. Hukato Yeptho, if such person so exists as recently appeared in some sections of  local dailies does not in any way reflect the stance of the government and further, the NSCN/GPRN does never endorse any of his writing. The NSCN/GPRN has entirely no knowledge and has nothing to do with his writing whatsoever. Whatever statement made by him (Lieut. Hukato Yetho), if any, as stated was done so only on his individual capacity and not otherwise. The unfounded confusing allegation of inventing and fabricating the name of Hukato Yetho, fictitiously by the NSCN/GPRN just to malign and damage the image of any tribe or organization does not arise at all. Therefore, the baseless and unsubstantiated willful allegation leveled against the NSCN/GPRN has to be clarified and substantiated by the aggrieved responsible person himself with utmost care.

The media is requested to entertain any article or statement from any individual/authority of NSCN/GPRN only after confirmation from the MIP/GPRN and PRO Naga Army.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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PRESS RELEASE

13th August 2009

Deliberate violation of Cease-fire ground rules with ill motives to demean the long earned peace process by the Indian armed forces once again resurfaces with the current Sakok incident at Ukhrul district. The Naga Army was reported that over 80 numbers of Manipur valley base armed cadres of UNLF and PREPAK were camping at Lairam Phungka village under Ukhrul district. The 23 Assam Rifles was well aware of the presence of valley base armed cadres in the area.

On 12th August 2009, around 30 NSCN cadres were proceeding to Lairam Phungka as life and property of the innocent villagers and people of the surrounding areas are at danger due to the presence and rampant harassment created by the Manipur valley base armed cadres. The Naga Army on their way towards Shangshak-Phungyar road reached Shakok village around 8 to 9 a.m, a kilometer away from Phalong village. The Assam Rifles came to know that it was NSCN cadres and thereafter waylaid the Naga Army on their way and open indiscriminate firing and bombing without any provocation which continued till the next day.  The Naga Army having well aware of the Cease fire with GOI never intended to confront the Assam Rifles but tried to escape with utmost restraint. Unfortunately one Naga Army Sgt. Maj. Simon of Kota village received serious bullet injury and later died in the custody of the Assam Rifles.  He was torture to death beyond human endurance. The Assam Rifle unsatisfied with their evil instinct shot upon the death body which is against any humanity.

All roads leading to the embattled spot were sealed off and all activities of the general public in the area were completely at halt. The civil societies and NGOs went to inquire for verification of the incident and casualties were not allowed by the Assam Rifles at Shangshak gate.

On the same day after the incident, the Assam Rifles came along with mask-man (Spotter) and raided the Wung-Tangkhul Region office located at Ukhrul district Headquarters. The Indian armed forces with combat equipments were outnumbering the common people at Ukhrul town look a war-like situation.

The NSCN seriously question the intention of the Government of India for unwarranted action of Assam Rifles. The using of mask-man is against cease-fire ground rules. Such kinds of peripheral incidents should not be a condition for obstacle in building mutual understating and respecting ceasefire ground rules. Any surprise encounter should be localized. More importantly, the GOI should control the unmanned marauding action of the Indian armed forces. Blatant action of the armed forces should not be a hindrance in finding solution of Indo- Naga conflict.

Meanwhile, the NSCN/GPRN expressed grief and pain over the inhuman murder and death of Sgt. Maj. Simon who boldly laid down his precious life for the cause of the Nation in the hands of the brutal and barbaric Indian army and conveys its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prays that may Almighty God grant eternal peace and rest to the departed soul. His extinguished service rendered for the just cause of the Nation shall ever be cherished and remain afresh in the history of Naga national movement for generations to come.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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PRESS STATEMENT

13th August 2009

We feel it necessary to inform the people once again about the truth of what have been mutually agreed upon in the formal talks between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim. It was agreed that the political talks would be held on the basis of the following three terms: –

That,

1.   Talks without any conditions

2.   Talks at the Prime Ministerial level

3.   Talks in third countries

Being it the case, we view any attempt of seeking solution within the parameter of Indian constitution is a deliberate betrayal to the agreement.

As mutually agreed upon, NSCN leadership has been talking with the Prime Minister of India or his Emissary on the historic political issue since 1997. We believe honorable Home Minister Mr. Chidambaram understands it.

Another historic step taken by the Government of India is the recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas. By unique history it means – Nagas are not a party to the union of India. By unique situation, it means, situation in Nagalim is political, not that of law and order.

It goes without saying that since the problem is unique, solution has to be unique. Political problem calls for political solution.

Cease-fire agreement between Government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagalim as two entities is self-explanatory.

Cease-fire area coverage without territorial limit is universal practice which has no room for argument. Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee stated in Osaka that “Wherever there is fighting there is cease-fire. It covers everywhere.” Therefore, the logic of ‘ceasefire being confined to Nagaland state alone’ is nothing but immature statesmanship or double standard.

To speak the truth, we Nagas in general and NSCN in particular do not harbor ill-will towards India and Myanmar. We do not view them as enemies. But the fact is that we have a problem between us to settle with them. We understand that India and Nagalim are interrelated. One is indispensable to the other. Interdependent relationship must be established on the foundation of two entities, without which, it is a house of cards. The leadership of NSCN has proposed the best possible solution acceptable to both the parties, which NSCN calls ‘the bottom line’ Nagas will never accept imposition of Indian will upon them.

The ball is now in their court. If cease-fire breaks it will only be on account of their lack of political will and insincerity.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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SPEECH OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR ISAK CHISHI SWU YARUIWO OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM ON THE OCCASION OF THE 63RD NAGA INDEPENDENCE DAY,

14TH AUGUST 2009.

Praise the Lord!   Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

My dear comrades and citizens of Nagalim.

I greet you all in the name of Almighty God, the Sustainer and Defender of Nagalim and Naga people. May His name be glorified.

On this historic day, let us once again remember the bravery and far-sightedness of our men, women and leaders who had fought a good fight against the British Empire and laid a historic mile stone for the future generations. A new chapter in Naga History was opened on August 14, 1947, when the Naga people in the British-occupied Nagalim declared their independence and intimated the same to the UN and India.  Thereafter, joined the free Nagalim. The Naga people still uphold the decision taken and will continue to do so.

Today, I salute all the sons and daughters of the soil who have performed the most selfless act by sacrificing their priceless lives for defending the sovereignty of Nagalim. May God bless them all!

Let us pay tribute, to all the general public, public leaders, leaders of various civil societies, intellectuals, scholars, village chiefs and national workers who are selflessly rendering their service to the Naga nation.

I pay tribute to the parents of all those who laid down their lives in the course of our struggle for maintaining our sovereignty. We are also deeply indebted to all the parents of the Naga Army for consenting their children to participate in our struggle for the righteous cause of Naga people even to the extend of laying down their precious lives for the generations to come.

I am grateful to all the national workers for their steadfast loyalty to the   Collective Leadership even under most difficult circumstances.

I extend my greetings to all the soldiers and other national workers who are still in prison for the sake of the Naga people.  Let us pay tribute to all the parents and wives whose children and husbands are in prison or in hospital.

Let us also remember all the brave sons and daughters of this country who have suffered, crippled and handicapped in the hands of the enemies. Our tribute also goes to them.

The whole world is in search of peace and prosperity. But some countries are still invading some other neighboring countries. What are they searching for? The invaders can never bring peace, except trouble. Nor can they live in peace in the terrorized land. The same is the case with India-Naga-Myanmar. India and Myanmar can never bring peace to Nagalim by invasion and oppression. Even though the neighbors have invaded our land, we still want to resolve the conflict through peaceful means. Drawing the international boundary by brute force is not acceptable. It should be overridden.

I would like to remind you all that Nagas have been fighting more than six decades for our legitimate right. We are not fighting for compromising our Naga political right under the Constitution of India nor the Constitution of Myanmar. We have been resisting the invading forces. It is now 12 years since the NSCN has been negotiating with the Government of India for political settlement through peaceful means. The negotiation is still going on. It has to be very clear that Naga people will not accept any solution under duress but will accept only negotiated settlement that is mutually honorable to both the parties. We (Nagas) have suffered enough and sacrificed more than 300,000 lives. Nagas will not accept three things: imposition of others laws, suppression of our right and division of our territory.

I call on the international communities to condemn aggression, suppression and oppression and help us to resolve our political conflict within the justice system of the world.

The destruction brought about by invasion on Nagalim is incalculable. The fabric of Naga political and social life has been shattered into several pieces. Myanmar – occupied Nagalim is sub-divided into several pieces merging with other states.  India – occupied Nagalim is also further shattered into several states and districts merging with other states of India. Our economy is in ruins. No one is living freely and happily in our own land. There are countless widows and orphans in Nagalim.  Let the Nagas live peacefully in their Motherland.

Our journey to the destined land cannot be reversed in exchange for temporary peace. Temporary hardship must not be allowed to stand in the way of freedom. We must march on to reach the destined land where all the Naga people will live together in peace and prosperity without fear.

I condemn in the strongest terms, the horrifying crime of rape committed in Nagalim, which was unheard of in Naga society. NSCN shall not tolerate the increasing rate of crime against women and shall explore every means to safeguard the honor of woman.

The role of the international organizations in extending their priceless help to the cause of the Naga people is highly commendable. NSCN shall value such support in the future as well.

In the home front the role of the church leaders and civil societies who have been tirelessly working for bringing reconciliation among the warring Naga groups through ‘Forum for Naga Reconciliation’ is highly commended. I call upon all the Naga people to extend whole hearted support to bring fruition to the effort of FNR.

We must not lose heart even under the pressure of any unfavorable circumstances. The National Socialist Council of Nagalim would not be found failing in its duty to come up to people’s expectation after having been given the mandate to lead the Naga nation into a new and better Nagalim where every citizen will live in peace and prosperity with dignity.

K U K N A L I M !

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PRESS  STATEMENT

14 August 2009

The Tangkhul frontal organizations—Tangkhul Naga Long (Tangkhul Hoho), Tangkhul Shanao Long (Tangkhul Women’s League), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (Tangkhul Students Union), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (Tangkhul Youth Council), Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (Tangkhul Village Chiefs Association), and Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights—representing all the Tangkhul Naga population, are deeply concerned by the recent incident of unprovoked firing by the Assam Rifles, under 10 Sector, upon a group of NSCN (IM) cadres between Kota and Shakok villages under Phungyar Police Station in Ukhrul district on 12 August 2009. We are also concerned and deeply aggrieved by the cold-blooded murder of Mr. Salmon Hungyo, aged about 28 years, of Chahong Village, a cadre of NSCN (IM) by the Assam Rifles after being arrested and tortured near the site of the incident.

We see this as a disturbing development, and as an effort to destabilize and butcher the hard-earned peace and stability in the region. Such incidents, instead of resolving problems further exacerbate, promote, and feed violence.

Random bombings by Assam Rifles in civilian areas are taking place, particularly in and around Godah, Shakok, Loushing, and Loushing Khunthak villages under Phungyar Police Station in Ukhrul District, Manipur. This goes against all the accepted fundamental principles, norms, and foundations upon which the Indian Republic is founded, and in international norms and conventions.

The incident has put a huge number of populations in the area at risk and has violated their fundamental right to personal and emotional security. We would like to draw the attention of the media as well as the general public that a large number of villagers who are in their paddy fields, in hunting grounds, etc, being their hearth and home as forest people, are unable to return to their villages as a result of the present incident. We would like to further draw attention to the most uncalled for and unacceptable harassment of the public in many villages in Phungyar block who have been restricted from moving out of their house. There are still many individuals, who were carrying out their normal course of daily activities, whose whereabouts are still not known. These practices are manifestations of an unhealthy trend towards violence and confrontation.

We are profoundly disappointed by the callous attitude of the Assam Rifles in preventing the civil societies from visiting the villages affected by the incident on 12 August 2009. A team of civil society leaders including representatives of the United Naga Council, Manipur, North East Indigenous Women Forum, Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long, etc were stopped from proceeding further at Shakok village by the CO 23 Assam Rifles.

It is pertinent to mention that Phungyar Block has been declared as a drought hit area by the Government. However, the Assam Rifles in Shangshak village has prohibited food supplies from being taken to the villages. This is a blatant violation of the fundamental right to food, security, and physical wellbeing.

The Assam Rifles personal have also cut the Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) at Hundung Cement Factory, the only existing means of communication from Ukhrul to other parts of country. This is illegal and calls for stringent punishment.

We appeal to the appropriate district authorities to immediately ensure and guarantee the personal and physical security of the villagers. We further demand from the Government of India to properly ensure the compliance and conformation to the Ceasefire Ground Rules in the larger interest of stability and peace in the region.

To mourn the demise of our peace and physical security, and to resist the move towards violence, the Tangkhul people numbering almost 20, 000 marched to the resident of the Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul. Amongst others, the memorandum demanded from the Prime Minister:

a.         To clarify once and for all whether there is a cease-fire in Naga areas outside Nagaland.

b.         To immediately stop the current operations being carried out in the area

c.         To immediately withdraw Assam Rifles, “Friends of the Hills People” from Ukhrul District.

d.         To ensure and guarantee the safety and well being of the population of the area.

Further, the Tangkhul people have resolved to start a non-cooperation movement against the Government of India from 6.00 PM today until our physical and emotional security is guaranteed and ensured.

We underline and stress that the Nagas believe in the preeminence of peace for holistic, stable development of the society, and to resolve problems. We also reiterate our faith in amicable negotiations as a means to resolve any problems in the society.

Stephen Angkang                                           A. S. Dinah                             Wungnaoshang  A. Shimray

President, TNL                                               President, TSL                                    President, TKS

Zanyo Varam,                                                 Kaphungkan K. Shimray                    Alung Rungsung

President, TMNL                                            President, TNWL                                Coordinator, NPMHR

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MEMORANDUM TO THE HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

ON THIS DAY THE 14TH AUGUST 2009

THROUGH THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, UKHRUL, MANIPUR

Hon’ble Sir,

We the Tangkhul Naga frontal organizations—Tangkhul Naga Long (Tangkhul Hoho), Tangkhul Shanao Long (Tangkhul Women’s League), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (Tangkhul Students Union), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (Tangkhul Youth Council), Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (Tangkhul Village Chiefs Association), and Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights—representing all the Tangkhul Naga population has the honor to bring the following for your kind action and urgent intervention.

1.         That we are deeply concerned by the incident of 12 August 2009, where the Assam Rifles, under 10 Sector, despite no provocation, fired upon a group of NSCN (IM) cadres between Kota and Shakok villages under Phungyar Police Station in Ukhrul district, Manipur. We are also concerned and deeply aggrieved by the cold-blooded murder of Mr. Salmon Hungyo, aged about 28 years, of Chahong Village, a cadre of NSCN (IM) by the Assam Rifles after being arrested and tortured near the site of the incident.

We would like to question whether there is a cease-fire between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) in the Naga areas outside Nagaland or not?

2.         Random bombings by Assam Rifles in civilian areas are taking place, particularly in and around Kota, Shakok, Loushing, and Loushing Khunthak Villages under Phungyar Police Station in Ukhrul District, Manipur. This goes against all the accepted fundamental principles, norms, and foundations upon which the Indian Republic is founded, and in international norms and conventions.

3.         We are also deeply concerned by, and condemn the practice of the Assam Rifles who collude with anti-social and criminal elements in carrying out their operations. This is highly unbecoming of a disciplined professional force who are suppose to protect and guarantee the rights of ordinary citizens.

4.         The incident has put a huge number of populations in the area at risk and has violated their fundamental right to personal and emotional security. We draw your kind attention to the large number of villagers who are in their paddy fields, in hunting grounds, etc, being their hearth and home as forest people, who are unable to return to their villages as a result of the present incident. Villagers in and around their We would like to further draw attention to the most uncalled for and unacceptable harassment of the public in many villages in Phungyar block who have been restricted from moving out of their house.

We would like to state that there are still many individuals, who were carrying out their normal course of daily activities, whose whereabouts are still not known.

5.         We see all these as a disturbing development, and as an effort to destabilize and butcher the hard-earned peace and stability in the region. Such incidents, instead of resolving problems further exacerbate, promote, and feed violence.

These practices are manifestations of an unhealthy trend towards violence and confrontation.

6.         Further, we are profoundly disappointed by the callous attitude of the Assam Rifles, the so called “Friends of the Hills People”, in their treatment of the public in Ukhrul District.

7.         We would like to point out that despite many attempts on our part, the Assam Rifles prevented civil society organizations and the media from visiting the area affected by the conflict. We would like to point out that the safety and well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters is a priority for us as leaders of our society. Till date, we have been making persistent attempts to access the area which the Assam Rifles have prevented us.

8.         We, therefore, request your urgent intervention and demand the following:

a.         To clarify once and for all whether there is a cease-fire in Naga areas outside Nagaland.

b.         To immediately stop the current operations being carried out in the area

c.         To immediately withdraw Assam Rifles, “Friends of the Hills People” from Ukhrul District.

d.         To ensure and guarantee the safety and well being of the population of the area.

Stephen Angkang                                           A. S. Dinah                             Wungnaoshang  A. Shimray

President, TNL                                               President, TSL                                    President, TKS

Zanyo Varam,                                                 Kaphungkan K. Shimray                    Alung Rungsung

President, TMNL                                            President, TNWL                                Coordinator, NPMHR

CC to:

1.         Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India

2.         Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

3.         Jt. Secretary (NE In Charge), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

4.         K. Padmanabhiah, Representative to Government of India

5.         Chairman, Cease Fire Monitoring Group

6.         Naga Hoho

7.         Naga Students Federation

8.         United Naga Council, Manipur

9.         Naga Women’s Union, Manipur

10.       All Naga Students Association, Manipur

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‘Solution under duress not acceptable to Nagas’

DIMAPUR | AUGUST 14 :

Sixty two years after the declaration of Naga Independence and more than twelve years of negotiation with the Government of India, the NSCN (I-M) today declared that Naga people will not accept any solution under duress but will accept only a negotiated settlement that is mutually honourable to both the parties.

President (Yuruiwo) of NSCN (I-M) Isak Chishi Swu in his speech, which was read out by Kilo Kilonser (Home minister) Kedutsü Tsuzuh, on the 63rd Naga Independence Day celebrated here at Camp Hebron, also said that Nagas would not accept three things:  “imposition of others laws, suppression of our rights and division of our territory.”

The Yuruiwo in his speech reminded that Nagas have been fighting more than six decades for their legitimate right and that Nagas were not fighting for compromising their political right under the Constitution of India nor the Constitution of Myanmar. Swu said that while the world is presently searching for peace and prosperity, there are some countries still invading and trying to suppress other nations and people. “Drawing the international boundary by brute force is not acceptable. It should be overridden,” he said.

Swu called upon the international community to condemn aggression, suppression and oppression and to assist in resolving the Indo-Naga political conflict within the justice system of the world.

While calling attention to the plight of Naga people on all fronts, the NSCN (I-M) president however exhorted that temporary hardship must not be allowed to stand in the way of freedom. “We must march on to reach the destined land where all Naga people will live together in peace and prosperity without fear,” he said.

Paying tributes to Naga freedom fighters who had laid down their lives for the sake of Naga nation, Swu also acknowledged the role played by the Church leaders and civil society in bringing about reconciliation among various warring Naga groups, through the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR). “I call upon all the Naga people to extend whole hearted support to bring fruition to the effort of FNR,” the Yuruiwo said.

Kilo kilonser Kedutsü Tsuzuh, who was the chief guest in today’s celebration in his address, said Naga leaders in the past had taken one right decision, the decision that Nagas have the inalienable and indisputable right to choose their own destiny. “To defend and nurture Nagalim is not a choice but an obligation,” the kilo kilonser reminded. Tsuzuh further thanked the NSCN collective leadership for lifting the Naga issue from the “ashes of the treacherous Shillong   Accord” to the highest political status.

Emissary to collective leadership, “Retd. Gen” VS Atem in his address refuted media reports that consultations were on between the Government of India and NSCN to hammer out a solution to Naga problem within the framework of the India Constitution. He termed such reports as “sheer propaganda.” Atem asserted that there can be no solution so long as Nagas are divided and kept divided.

Representatives from Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Tirap Students’ Union, Eastern Naga People’s Organization (ENPO) and Naga Women Hoho, also spoke on the occasion. Highlights of the day-long celebration was marked by songs and dances presented by various Naga cultural troupes and individuals. On the occasion, the NSCN (I-M) also announced declaration of military decorations.

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Press Release

15 August 2009

For residents of Ukhrul District, Manipur, the 63rd Independence Day of India was a grim reminder of the atrocities and rights violations committed by the Assam Rifles against innocent civilians. For them, the day started with the funeral service of two of their brethrens, Mr. Salmon Hungyo and Mr. A. S. Phanitphang, both cadres of NSCN (IM) killed by the Assam Rifles. Their funeral service was attended by public leaders, heads of different organizations, and the public at large.

On 12 August 2009, the Assam Rifles ambushed a group of NSCN (IM) cadres. It is not known how Mr. A. S. Phanitphang was killed, however, Mr. Salmon Hungyo has telltale signs of torture and injuries all over his body.

The situation in Phungyar Block is yet to improve as villagers in the area are still being restricted and subjected to combing operations by the Assam Rifles. The Assam Rifles have also reportedly seized the mobile phones of most villagers in the area, and the only source of information presently is from a few villagers who managed to hide their mobile phones. They have reported that combing operations have again taken place and the Assam Rifles have restricted the movements of villagers.

Reports have come in that there are casualties within the NSCN (IM). However, the Assam Rifles have not allowed anyone to go in and provide treatment to the wounded in total contravention of accepted international convention. This is particularly significant, given that the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India had signed a ceasefire in 1997, and are negotiating politically to bring an end to the protracted Indo-Naga problem.

The sincerity of the Government of India is quite doubtful given the fact that it is giving protection to a number of anti-social elements and gangs in the following places within Ukhrul District—Lamlai & Chadong villages: United National Liberation Front and Kangleipak Communist Party; Litan village: Kuki National Army and Kuki Revolutionary Army (UKPF); Chassad: Kuki National Army; Leinganching Litan Post: Volunteers for Innocent People of Nagalim and United Naga People Council; New Canaan Post: Kangleipak Communist Party; Nongdam: Kuki National Army, People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak; Lairam Phungka: United National Liberation Front, Kanglei Yawol Kana Lup, People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak; Molnom (Sinakeithei): Kuki National Army; Kwantabi (Thawai): Kuki National Army.

It is pertinent to mention that civil societies have been repeatedly prevented for the last three days by the Assam Rifles to go to the villages affected by the military operations. This refusal from the Assam Rifles has made it impossible for civil society leaders to verify the condition and situation of civilians in the area. However, reports have come in from villagers that some of them were detained and harassed by the Assam Rifles.

The Tangkhul public submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India on 14 August 2009 through the Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul demanding the immediate withdrawal of Assam Rifles from Ukhrul district, and to clarify once and for all whether there is a ceasefire in Naga areas outside Nagaland state.

To protect the rights of civilians in the area and protest against the infringement and violation of the rights, more than 3000 women proceeded towards the affected villages leaving their homes, children, and other responsibilities. At the time of writing this note (4. 40 PM), it is reported that the Assam Rifles at Shangshak Post. However, showing sheer grit and determination, the women forced through the gate and barb-wired barricades and have proceeded towards the villages. Reports are now awaited from these women regarding the condition and situation of affected villages.

Meanwhile in Ukhrul town, more than 2000 people have gathered at the Tangkhul Naga Long compound to await news and also pray for the peaceful resolution of the situation.

The demands and wishes of the people are very clear—to immediately stop the operations being carried out in and around Shakok, Godah, Loushing, and Loushing Khunthak villages; to immediately withdraw the Assam Rifles from Ukhrul District, and to declare whether there is a ceasefire in Naga areas outside Nagaland.

Sd/-                                                    Sd/-                                            Sd/-

Stephen Angkang                                           A. S. Dinah                             Wungnaoshang  A. Shimray

President, TNL                                               President, TSL                                    President, TKS

Sd/-                                                   Sd/-                                            Sd/-

Zanyo Varam,                                                 Kaphungkan K. Shimray                    Alung Rungsung

President, TMNL                                            President, TNWL                                Coordinator, NPMHR

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PRESS NOTE

16 Aug. 2009

Following the overwhelming public response where more than 2000 women broke through the barricades set up by Assam Rifles at Shangshak village on 15 August 2009, to proceed toward the villages affected by military operations, a torch rally was undertaken at Ukhrul town this evening.

Thousands upon thousands of people (numbering more than 50, 000)—women, children, men, the young and old, the sick and healthy, the feeble and strong—participated in the rally. The rally was organized by Tangkhul social organizations in response to the aggressive and hostile attitude exhibited by the Assam Rifles, and particularly against the backdrop of the recent military operations carried out at Phungyar Block, Ukhrul District.

The public converged at the Tangkhul Naga Long ground for a short public meeting after the rally. They reaffirmed their commitment and support for the current political negotiations between the Government of India and the NSCN. The public also adopted the following declaration.

DECLARATION

On this day, we declare:

1.         That the Government of India immediately declares that there is ceasefire in Naga areas outside Nagaland.

2.         That the Assam Rifles are immediately removed from Ukhrul District.

3.         That befitting action and punishment be given against the Assam Rifles personnel responsible for the inhumane murder and killing.

4.         That we once again reaffirm our commitment to the peaceful and just resolution of the Indo-Naga problem, and declare our mandate and support to the political peace process currently underway between the NSCN and Government of India as two entity.

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Bandh in Naga areas

Newmai News Network

Imphal | August 16

A 48-hour bandh has been called in all Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur from the midnight of August 17. The bandh is in protest against torturing and killing NSCN (IM) activists by the Indian security forces ‘in spite of the existence of ceasefire.’ On August 12, a number of NSCN (IM) cadres were reported killed in a shootout with the 23rd Assam Rifles in Ukhrul in Manipur.  The United Naga Council, Naga Women Union of Manipur, All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur  and Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights have strongly condemned the “inhumane act of indiscriminate firing” by the 23rd Assam Rifles at Shakok and neighboring villages in Ukhrul district after a group of NSCN (IM) cadres were spotted.

“Even after Mr. Salmon Hungyo, a cadre of NSCN (IM) identified himself, the 23rd Assam Rifles personnel brutally tortured and killed him and in the continued firing and random shelling by the security forces, another cadre was also killed despite the cease-fire between the Government of India and the NSCN,” the organizations said. “The Assam Rifles personnel have put up barbed wire in and around the area and on the roads leading to the area and all means of transports and communications have been cut off by the Assam Rifles personnel posted there,” the organizations said.

The Assam Rifles are said to have imposed restrictions on movement in the area and have barred villages from attending to their fields and other domestic activities. “The life and food security of the villagers is uncertain at this juncture. We call upon all people who believed in democracy including international community to persuade the government to respect and honor the agreed terms entered between Government of India and NSCN as two entities,” the organizations stated.

The civil society organizations are said to have made attempts to visit the spot of the incident on August 12 and 13 but were allegedly stopped from proceeding to Shakok village on the pretext that it is not safe for civilians to go there. Extremely agitated  at the attitude of the Assam Rifles personnel, thousands of womenfolk  including other civil organizations marched to the spot to assist and defuse the situation.

However, the women folk managed to reach the spot and have come back to Ukhrul with reports of atrocities and human rights violations, the statement added.

“If Assam Rifles personnel continue to disturb peaceful atmosphere in the Shakok and neighboring villages under Phungyar sub-division, the women organizations of other districts would proceed to the area with humanitarian aid and to defend the affected people,” the organizations stated.

The organizations have called upon all Naga citizens to condemn the act of the Assam Rifles and as a show of support to the affected people, organize a mass “prayer and torch rally” from 6 pm on August 16 in all the Naga areas. A 48- hour general strike is also being called from midnight of 17 in Naga areas demanding the Government of India to respect the cease-fire and to withdraw all AR and paramilitary forces from the Naga areas. All human rights violation perpetrated upon the innocent Naga peoples should also be addressed, they demanded.

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‘AR resorting to psychological tactic’

Mokokchung | August 16 :

Convener of the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell of NSCN (IM), ‘Maj. Gen’ Phungthing Shimrang, today expressed suspicion that the NSCN (IM) cadres reported to have been killed on Wednesday, August 12, at Sakok village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district, were actually captured and killed cold-bloodedly by the Assam Rifles. He was answering to a question posed by mediapersons during a press conference at Süngratsü village in Mokokchung district, Nagaland. He was in the village to attend the ‘63rd Naga Independence Day celebration’ as the guest of honour. “It is the tendency of the Assam Rifles to deny,” he added, and that it was not unusual of the Assam Rifles to provoke the NSCN. When asked if the incident could leave any negative impact on the ongoing negotiations, he responded, “When there is disturbance on the ground, how can talks go on?”

Earlier during the day while delivering his speech, Phungthing had said that the Assam Rifles tried to sabotage the ‘Independence Day celebration programme’ to be held in the village. When asked how they managed to continue with the programme despite the ploy of the Assam Rifles, he said that he had to make a lot of telephonic conversations with the people in authority including the military and the government. He said that the Assam Rifles were resort`ing to “psychological tactic”, and accused them of instilling “fear psychosis” in the minds of the people. He held the opinion that political meetings cannot be disturbed and added that the IGAR and the Home Department were both briefed about the event as early as on August 10. The Speaker of Tatar Hoho, Tongmeth Wangnao, who was also present at the press conference, said that the GPRN being a government has a history and observes various occasions and celebrations. The government of India and GPRN have been engaged in talks for more than twelve years now, the Speaker said, and wondered why the Assam Rifles tried to stop the celebration from being observed. “Today is not new. Nagas have been observing Independence Day for 63 years. Why should they take otherwise?” he questioned.

The two leaders of the NSCN (IM), when asked to comment on the ‘Naga Reconciliation process’, said that they support the initiative taken by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation. They, however, said that “reconciliation should not overshadow the political process”. On the formation of the Common Naga Platform, it was disclosed that they support “anything that will bring people together”. When asked why Naga ‘national workers’ are not united, Phungthing explained that there are two forms of unity, “principle unity and physical unity”. He said that even if there is “physical unity”, it is also important “we have to be together in our thinking”.

When asked to give a reason why the Naga house is divided, Phungthing said he cannot give “the reason why” in simple sentences. He however stated that “in the final analysis, we have to understand the basic realities of what we really want”.

On the status of the ongoing ‘peace talks’, Phungthing said “the Government of India has not responded.” On the definition of the term ‘sovereignty’, when asked, he answered that ‘Sovereignty’ rests with the people. When asked if the idea of an “extraordinary political arrangement” had any bearing with regard to the “negotiated settlement” between India and GPRN, Phungthing ruled it out. He however said that they are talking for “a relationship; not on dependency, but interdependency”. After the press conference, the NSCN (IM) leaders held a meeting with representatives of the Ao Senden. However, neither the proceedings nor the outcome of the meeting could be ascertained.

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PRESS RELEASE

17TH AUGUST 2009

The NSCN/GPRN is compelled to make this clarification over the incident at Shakot village on 12th August under Ukhrul district, in view of the unfounded, fictitious and fabricated allegations and claims time and again by the Assam Rifles the so called “Friends of the Hills people” turned “Enemy of the Hills people” to cover up its own intentional misdeeds with misleading information. The NSCN/GPRN in order to do away with falsified misgivings make known the causes of the incident very clear that the incident was a deliberate violation of cease-fire ground rules undermining the agreed terms and conditions to create needless situations to meet their own vested interest as usual. It is worth mentioning that on 14th June 2001, Mr. Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India issued an official clarification saying that the cease-fire between India and NSCN “applies to all the areas where they have been fighting”.

In order to give the true picture of the incident the following statement were given in the greater interest of the general public that the Tankhul frontal organizations- Tangkhul Naga long(Tangkhul Hoho), Tangkhul Shanao Long(Tangkhul Women’s League), Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (Tangkhul Students Union), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (Tangkhul Youth Council), Tangkhul Wungnao Long (Tangkhul Village Chiefs Association), and Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights-representing all the Tangkhul Naga population in particular and the whole Naga public in general are deeply concerned by the recent incident of unprovoked firing by the Assam Rifles, under 10 sector, upon a group of NSCN (IM) cadres between Godah and shadok villages under Phungyar Police Station in Ukhrul district on 12th August 2009. We are also concerned and deeply aggrieved by the cold-blooded murder of Sgt.maj. Mr. Salmon Hungyo, aged about 28 years, of Chahong village, a cadre of NSCN (IM) by the Assam Rifles after being arrested and tortured to dead near the site of the incident.

We see this as a disturbing development, and as an effort to destabilize and butcher the hard-earned peace and stability in the region. Such incidents, instead of resolving problems further exacerbate, promote, and feed violence.

Random bombings by the Assam Rifles in civilian areas are taking place, particularly in and around Godah, Shakok, Loushing, and Loushing Khumthak villages under Phungyar police station in Ukhrul District, Manipur. This goes against all the accepted fundamental principles, norms, and foundations upon which the Indian Republic is founded, and in international norms and conventions.

The incident has put a huge number of populations in the area at risk and has violated their fundamental right to personal and emotional security. We would like to draw the attention of the media as well as the general public that a large number of villagers who are in their paddy fields, in hunting grounds, etc. being their hearth and home as forest people, are unable to return to their villages as a result of the present incident. We would like to further draw attention to the most uncalled for and unacceptable harassment of the public in many villages in Phungyar block who have been restricted from moving out of their house. There are still individuals, who were carrying out their normal course of daily activities, whose whereabouts are still not known. These practices are manifestations of an unhealthy trend towards violence and confrontation.

We are profoundly disappointed by the callous attitude of the Assam Rifles in preventing civil societies from visiting the villages affected by the incident on 12th August 2009. A team of civil society leaders including representatives of the United Naga Council, Manipur, North East Indigenous Women Forum, Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long, etc were stop from proceeding further at Shakok villge by the CO 23 Assam Rifles.

It is pertinent to mention that Phungyar block has been declared as a drought hit area by the government. However, the Assam Rifles in Shangshak village has prohibited food supplies from being taken to the villages. This is a blatant violation of the fundamental right to food, security and physical well being.

The Assam Rifles personnel have also cut the Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) at Hundung Cement Factory, the only existing means of communication from Ukhrul to other parts of Country. This is illegal and calls for stringent punishment.

We appeal to the appropriate district authorities to immediately ensure and guarantee the personal and physical security of the villagers. We further demand from the government of India to properly ensure the compliance and conformation to the cease-fire Ground Rules in the larger interest of the stability and peace in the region.

To mourn the demise of our peace and physical security, and to resist the move towards violence, the Tangkhul people numbering almost 20,000 marched to the resident of the Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul. Amongst others, the memorandum demanded from the Prime Minister:

a.    To clarify once and for all whether there is a cease-fire in Naga areas outside Nagaland.

b.    To immediately stop the current operations being carried out in the area.

c.    To immediately withdraw Assam Rifles, the self-proclaimed “Friends of the Hills people” from Ukhrul District.

d.    To ensure and guarantee the safety and well being of the population of the area.

Further, the NSCN/GPRN strongly supports the Tangkhul peoples’ resolved to start a non-cooperation movement against the Government of India from 6.00 PM today until our physical and emotional security is guaranteed and ensured.

We underline and stress that the Nagas believe in the prominence of peace for holistic, stable development of the society, and to resolve problems. We also reiterate our faith in amicable negotiations as a means to resolve any problems in the society.

The ridiculous statement of the notorious Assam Rifles that “it will continue to operate professionally and effectively against UG cadres and ensure safety and security of populace” is a mockery of justice to maintain peace and security in the region with rampant human rights violations, atrocities and harassment against the innocent general public just to fool the public with their persistent misleading sinister campaign in the region.

The NSCN/GPRN seriously views the irresponsible and controversial statement of General Mandhata Singh; Chairman of cease-fire monitoring group blatantly saying that “his jurisdiction is limited to Nagaland only and he has no comment on the incident” is highly questionable. If his statement is to be treated as true then, why there were three designated camps in Manipur as per cease-fire terms and conditions mutually agreed upon between NSCN/GPRN and GOI? The NSCN/GPRN strongly questions as to whether he has been authorized to make such unwarranted statement or is it the ignorance and denial of his own responsibility as a responsible person who has been assigned to oversee and contain all such untoward incidents in the region as per cease-fire agreement.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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PRESS RELEASE

17TH AUGUST 2009

The NSCN/GPRN through a notification issued by the Head Chaplain, Naga Army, informs that in view of the Indo-Naga peace talk that has attained 12 years, and to take up last decision of peace talk deliberation of Collective Leadership ( Isak, Khodao and Muivah ), let the God ever presence of the Holy Spirit be with them to discourse right decision at the very instant in their talk. For that reason, all the Nagas who lives dedicated life for Christ in Nagalim and Churches are fervently urged to fast and pray on coming Sunday, the 23rd August 2009.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Rejoinder against Nagaland Chief Minister’s Press Statement Issued by the Joint Council of Steering Committee and Cabinet, 20 August 2009.

Mr. Neiphiu Rio’s statement in the Chief Ministers Conference on 17th Aug. 2009 New Delhi and reported press statement in Zee News is quite malicious and shocking to all the Nagas beyond imagination. It is politically unthinkable that Mr. Rio will take such a sadistic pleasure to criticize and damage the reputation and credibility of NSCN.

For the NSCN, it has become absolutely imperative to take critical view on the reckless statement made by a person of Rio’s standing. NSCN will not allow anyone in any position to go scot free when he deliberately chooses to go headlong to defile the political image of NSCN.

It has been observed that Mr. Rio has taken the path to take pot-shots against NSCN. And it is a big challenge to the Naga nation. NSCN feels that his nonsensical utterance is too outrageous to forbear with.

To speak the truth, NSCN has no relation at all with the so called HuJI or any terrorist organization at any point of time. The wild allegation leveled against NSCN for having contact with Azad alias Robin has no iota of truth. For your kind information it is to be pointed out that Azad was a close associate of the Khehoi campers, who has even gone to the extent of launching joint operation with the Khehoi Campers against NSCN. His relation with Assam Rifles and Intelligence Agencies is a matter of established fact. Recently it was learned that Azad was killed by Indian security forces in Imphal for the reason best known to all. It is however not far to know the mind of the intelligence people who prodded Mr. Rio to issue such highly inflammable allegation against NSCN. Their motive is to falsely implicate NSCN as a terrorist organization in the eye of the world, and thereby, undermine the ongoing peace process. NSCN is not a terrorist organization and this has been given legal acknowledgement even by the Indian Parliament. NSCN reiterate that it has no link with any terrorist organization or lent any support to any listed terrorist organization. Let this be known by the whole world that NSCN does not believe in the politics of terrorism.

On the contrary, it is known to all that the influx of foreign nationals into Nagaland state is the work of politicians. It is the politicians who brought them from somewhere to make their vote bank in the elections. Naga people are aware that these foreigners brought along with them the seed of foreign culture and terrorism.

If Mr. Rio’s memory has not betrayed him, he would remember the year 2008 when more than 100 businessmen were abducted and extorted more than 20 crores (IC) by Khehoi Campers under the very nose of Indian Security forces, some of whom were killed, for non-payment of ransom. Mr. Rio never took up necessary security steps to save the lives of innocent citizens or uttered even a word against the kidnappers. Where is his concern for the security of the state? It is like a bolt in the blue when Mr. Rio had the temerity to pass such unsavory allegation against NSCN to bargain his tinsel seat. He must have the courage to swallow the bitter truth.

It must also be noted: It seems Mr. Rio still does not understand the truth that the fundamental stand of the Nagas all along is against occupation of their Homeland by the aliens. For NSCN, we will stand for this just cause through the end. Therefore, we repeat; the politicians of the so called Nagaland State must stop bringing foreign nationals into our land for their traitorous vote-bank. It is wise for Rio to stop seeking Delhi’s blessing at the expense of the Nagas.

He must substantiate the wild allegation against NSCN of having clandestine relations with HuJI. Since every individual is part of the nation Mr. Rio is answerable to the people/nation and NSCN, the authentic political organization of the Nagas.

(Qhevihe Chishi Swu)                                                             (Kedutsii Tsuziih)

Convener, Steering Committee                                               Kilo Kilonser

NSCN                                                                                          GPRN.

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PRESS RELEASE

20th August 2009

The NSCN/GPRN expresses grief and anguish at the sudden and untimely demise of Mr. Tsiikjem jamir, Tatar, who breathed his last in Dimapur on 20th August 2009. Late Mr. Tsiikjem Jamir, Tatar, who was enrolled in 1999 as a truthful and faithful National worker in NSCN/GPRN, for the prized cause of the Nation was first appointed as APO, Phom Region, and later served as Regional Secretary Ao Region, PRO, Phom Region, PO, Ao Region and by dint of his distinguished service was later elevated to Tatar UT-1 in 2009. At this moment of sorrow and pain the NSCN/ GPRN conveys its profound and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and pray that may Almighty God grant eternal peace and rest to the departed soul. His sudden demise was a great lost to the Nation whose selfless and exemplary service rendered for the just cause of the Nation would ever be cherished and remembered in the history of Naga National moment for generations to come.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Rio does a Vaiko for Naga brethren

Nagaland chief minister speaks for his brothers in Myanmar

NISHIT DHOLABHAI

New Delhi, Aug. 19:

What Vaiko is to Tamils in Sri Lanka, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio perhaps wants to be for the Nagas of Myanmar.

Rio today passionately put forth the interests of the Myanmar Nagas in front of the national media, disclosing that he has spoken not only to the ambassador of Myanmar but also to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.

The chief minister also said his government would be happy to be privy to what transpires in the negotiation between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

Incidentally, by speaking of Myanmar Nagas, Rio is softly toeing the line of the NSCN (I-M) which has demanded integration of Naga inhabited areas — NSCN (I-M)’s Nagalim also includes parts of Naga-inhabited areas of Myanmar.

“I have taken up (the issue) with the Prime Minister, the home minister and am in touch with the Naga people in Myanmar,” he told reporters today after a meeting with the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Rio reminded of leaders in Tamil Nadu speaking up for fellow community members in neighbouring Sri Lanka.

The chief minister’s new found love for the Nagas in Myanmar is the result of a state government-sponsored consultative meet of Naga diaspora to discuss an early solution to the Naga problem. One of the resolutions at the meet was to recognise the “plight” of Nagas in Myanmar.

In fact, his party was rechristened Naga People’s Front from the earlier Nagaland People’s Front in order to accord a pan-Naga identity to the regional party.

According to Rio, there are 600,000 Nagas in 254 villages in eastern Myanmar. These people are neglected in terms of education as well as healthcare, he said. “The junta has no control and the administration visits these places just once a year.”

Rio was, however, cautious in furthering the sensitive issue. “We are not fighting for their integration,” he said.

The chief minister has played his politics astutely, as he spoke of “emotional integration” on the one hand, and linked the NSCN (I-M) with Huji.

In his speech at the chief ministers’ conference, Rio said the NSCN (I-M) operatives from the Muslim community have been maintaining direct or indirect links with Muslim militant groups.

On Monday, both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P. Chidambaram criticised Nagaland, along with Assam and Manipur, for a worsening situation. Rio said it was the Prime Minister’s prerogative to criticise.

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Delhi readies ‘acceptable’ proposal for NSCN (IM)

IMPHAL, Aug 23 :

New Delhi is set to present a proposal to NSCN (IM), on which basis, the vexed issue of Naga insurgency may be resolved for good.

This was stated by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, who was on a three day visit to the State visit to attend development seminars held at Senapati and Bishnupur.

GK Pillai also said that the facts of the July 23 Khwai-ramband killings would come out soon.

Speaking to a group of media persons at Raj Bhawan today, the Home Secretary said that the peace parleys between Government of India and the NSCN (IM) have made substantial progress. The two sides have come to an understanding for autonomy under the constitution. GK Pillai claimed positive developments can be expected soon.

To bring a lasting solution to the ongoing dialogue between the two sides, New Delhi would be presenting a comprehensive proposal to NSCN (IM).

The Union Government has also categorically informed the NSCN (IM) leadership, that the territorial integrity of Manipur cannot be disturbed under any circumstances, the Home Secretary said.

On being asked whether the proposed proposal can find an amicable solution to the decade’s long issue, GK Pillai said that the proposal would provide a ground for friendly negotiation.

Whether the proposal works or not, would depend on how NSCN (IM) leadership receive it, he added.

The Constitution of India is not inflexible. Certain provisions of the Constitution may be amended, if required, to grant autonomy in such areas like finance, culture etc, Pillai said.

The proposal drafted for the NSCN (IM) is awaiting approval of the Union Cabinet.

On the Khwairamband killings of July 23, the Home Secretary said that the facts of the incident would be established in the course of the Judicial Inquiry.

Though he refused to give a detail comment on the incident, GK Pillai stated that the Government of India is against all encounters. Rather, New Delhi is hoping for peace in the State.

Observing that the situation in Manipur is highly complex, the Union Secretary said that he has studied the security situation of Manipur with the Chief Secretary and the DGP.

Saying that development and law and order could not be separated, the Home Secretary lamented that the law and order situation is still grave, although several development projects have been implemented in the State.

Still, there were lots to be done on development and on the law and order front.

He also identified sports, agriculture, tourism and horticulture as potential sectors for generating employment.

Saying that taking up arms and extortion is no substitute for employment, the Home Secretary asserted that extortion should be checked effectively.

To a query about the continued imposition of Protected Area Permit system, which remains detrimental to the growth of tourism, he assured that the system would be revised and made more liberal. He exuded confidence that some positive developments can be seen in the coming years.

On being asked about allegations of corruption at the time of recruitment, the Home Secretary said that due measures have been initiated to recruit Constables in Central paramilitary forces purely on merit and in a transparent manner. The State Govt would also be issued written instructions to follow similar recruitment procedures, he said.

The Union Government has the right to conduct raids by using Income Tax personnel and other agencies in case there is information of corruption.

To a query about the Home Ministry’s appreciation of State police on winning maximum gallantry awards and the simultaneous allegations of fake encounters, Pillai said that gallantry awards were given based on the recommendations made by the State Government.

“I don’t think gallantry awards were given for encounters”, Pillai said.

Nevertheless, the Home Secretary said that there were complaints against the award. He said that he had discussed the matter with the DGP.

The DGP has been asked to take up certain measures and also to make commandos a disciplined force, he conveyed.

Commenting on the arrest of IRB personnel for lobbing a grenade at a private hospital in connection with extortion, the Home Secretary suggested that stringent screening should be done before recruitment.

“Such bad elements should be removed and I have asked for their removal”, he said.

Saying that New Delhi is prepared for dialogue with the insurgent groups of Manipur, the Home Secretary invited the insurgents to come out for negotiation.

He categorically asserted that provision of better vehicles and surveillance equipment to police under police modernization was not militarization.

Saying that a decision has been taken to take up border fencing in Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar boundary, the Home Secretary conceded that there certain problems because of absence of border pillars and proper demarcation.

Nevertheless, border fencing work of 10 kms on Moreh side would be initiated this year, he said.

He also assured assistance from the side of the Union Government for constructing Manipur Police Forensic Science Laboratory.

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Oppose Indian State’s fascist Repression in the North East: Democratic Student’s Union

August 24

Stand in solidarity with the movements for national liberation!

“The question of self-determination of nations today hinges on the conduct of socialists of the oppressor nations. A socialist of any of the oppressor nations who does not recognise and does not struggle for the right of oppressed nations to self-determination, i.e., secession, is in reality a chauvinist, not a socialist.”  – Lenin

The cold-blooded torture and murder of two Naga youths on the night of 14th August in Ukhrul district of Manipur by the notorious Assam Rifles has once again exposed the fascist character of the Indian state. Seven young cadres of the NSCN were captured, abducted, and kept in illegal custody by the Indian paramilitary, out of whom two were handpicked and subjected to extreme forms of torture. Both of them succumbed to the barbarism that their dead bodies later testified, riddled with deep wounds made by shoved iron rods and cut open by sharp weapons. Their death has once again infuriated the oppressed masses of the North East, and particularly the Nagas who have a long history of sacrifice and suffering in their fight against the chauvinist Indian state.

Killings such as that of Chunkham Sanjit by the Manipur Police in a crowded marketplace of Imphal under broad daylight on 23rd July, which became news simply because a journalist happened to capture it in his camera, generated disgust and hatred for the so-called Indian democracy among the people of the region. That the Indian armed forces in the North East can torture, kill and rape at random without the fear of any reprisal, goes a long way to show why the people consider the Indian state as a colonial force.

However gruesome and fascist this latest round of murders may be, such incidents are neither isolated nor ‘abnormal’. Almost everyday, newspapers in the North East carry reports of ‘encounter’ killings, followed by a very predictable explanation and justification that the army shot and killed the suspected ‘terrorists’ in retaliatory fire. But if one looks at the last fifty year’s history of repression by the Indian state on the national liberation movements in the region, be it the Mizo national movement, the Naga national movement, or the movements of the people of Manipur, Asom and Tripura for self-determination, such fascist tactics are regularly and systematically used by the army to crush them to submission. One needs to remember the carpet-bombings by the Indian air force on the Mizo villages in order to put pressure on the ongoing freedom struggle in the 1960s. The Indian state has destroyed, forcibly displaced, and relocated thousands of Mizo and Naga villages in order to curb the movements. Rape, custodial killing and torture are weapons that have been liberally used by the state on the people of this region. The memory of Raju Baruah, Manorama Devi and many others’ rape and murder by the Indian Army is still part of the people’s collective memory. Humiliation and harassment in the hands of the armed forces is a common experience, a political and psychological weapon which is used by reactionary armies all over the world. The Indian ruling class also uses the divide-and-rule policy to pit one community against another, a policy which it has learnt well from their British colonial masters. From sowing the feelings of fear, suspicion and hatred among the people by arming one community against another, spreading communal and ethnic strife, inciting violence even if by perpetrating ‘secret killings’, to the extent of planting bombs in civilian areas, such acts are regularly committed by Indian state’s armed forces and intelligence agencies. To top it all, they are totally immune from any kind of questioning and scrutiny. All the parliamentary parties patronize them, the judiciary protects them, draconian laws like NSA and AFSPA shield them, so that the state can go on with its systematic brutalities with absolute impunity.

But why is that the people of North East have been historically subjected to such fascist and barbaric treatment by the rulers of India? Why is it that young men and women are so unfailingly and so matter-of-factly slaughtered, maimed and raped in their thousands by the Indian state? This is because the masses of the geographical region that has come to be known as the North East of India, has never accepted the rule of the Indian state. They have heroically fought with arms in hand against the loss of their freedom and imposition of British colonial rule for more than a hundred years, and this quest for freedom still continues because their aspirations have not been fulfilled under the so-called Indian democracy. And the Indian state punishes the people with the most cruel and brutal forms of repression and violence, in order to extinguish the quest for freedom spearheaded by many national liberation movements of the region. Along with that, the Indian state relentlessly plunders natural resources, like oil, natural gas, herbal medicine, timber, hydel power etc across the North East. River joining and building of hundreds of dams have been planned under the notorious ‘Look East policies’ which is going to permanently damage the topography of the region. The people have suffered a lot, but they are not ready for peace that denies justice and the right to self-determination.

The North East however is not unique in facing the brunt of India’s military might. The nationality movement in Punjab was crushed in 1980s by the use of brute force alone. Sikkim was co-opted into India through a thinly-veiled show of military strength. The Kashmiri people have undergone one of the worst genocides of history in the hands of Indian armed forces for their struggle for Azadi. Indian state played a decisive role in the suppression of the movement for a free Tamil Eelam by the genocidal Sri Lankan state. It has imprisoned Araccanese freedom fighters for years in Indian jails. Emboldened by the strong and continuous support of its imperialist masters, particularly the U.S. imperialists, the expansionist Indian ruling class is perpetrating worst war crimes against the people not only within its territorial boundary, but even outside. It is thereby the enemy of all the democratic, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movements of the region, be it the national liberation movements fighting for freedom, or the communist movements fighting for revolution. This fascist state is bound to attack and unleash its fascist terror on all forms of people’s struggle that challenges its rule anywhere in the region in order to hang onto its stranglehold over state power, over the people’s resources, over their labour and lives.

This decades-long sequence of murders and brutalities on the masses can be permanently ended only with the overthrow of the repressive and authoritarian state. But this will require nothing less than a protracted struggle, with the forging of close unity among all the oppressed masses and their movements. All who claim themselves Marxist-Leninist, must stand in solidarity with the nationality movements of the North East, Kashmir, Tamil Eelam, etc., and fight against the repressions perpetrated by the Indian state rather than hypocritically preaching about ‘national integrity’. Only this way the decolonization process in South Asia will be advanced, imperialism will be effectively challenged, and the revolutionary aspirations of the masses materialised.

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NSCN-K to begin talks on ‘sovereignty’ with Centre

Kohima, August 23 2009:

Envoy to the ‘collective leadership’ of Khaplang’s National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), Kughalu Mulatonu while maintaining that they would soon be entering into political dialogue with the Government of India (GoI) asserted to start the talks in line with ‘sovereignty of Nagas’.

Interacting with media-persons at Kohima on Friday in presence of Deputy Kilonser Home and Member Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB), Hokato and Tatar (MP) & Member CFSB Nitovi Aye, the NSCN-K leader said ‘we will begin the political talks with Government of India in due course of time, but we are waiting for a formal invitation from the Government of India’.

Maintaining that no problem can be solved without solving the problems of real context, he said that NSCN will begin the talks with sovereignty, adding that “Sovereignty will be defined only after NSCN begins dialogue with Government of India and only Khaplang and Kitovi will be able to define it and nobody else”.

On the delay in holding talks with Government of India, he said “we have been giving opportunity to the Government of India and NSCN-IM to prove that they will be able to achieve something for their own betterment but during the last 12 years of peace talks, the NSCN-IM has not been able to achieve anything.

“IM does not have any issue, except social and economical problem with the Government of India but NSCN has a political problem with India,” he said.

The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) has asserted it is willing to move towards unification process with other rival groups only after proper reconciliation is achieved.

This was revealed by envoy to the ‘collective leadership’ of NSCN-K, Kughalu Mulatonu while interacting with media-persons at Kohima yesterday in presence of Deputy Kilonser Home and Member Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB), Hokato and Tatar & Member CFSB Nitovi Aye.

Mulatonu said talks about unification is just a dream, adding that Let reconciliation take place first than only well talk of unification.

Expressing that the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FRN) is doing their job, Mulatonu asserted that the top leaders of NSCN has given consent for reconciliation but Muivah (NSCN-IM) is opposed to it.

On being asked about the chances of the top leaders from various Naga groups meeting for reconciliation and unification, he said that leaders of NSCN have every possibilities of meeting while there is no expectation on the part of Adinno and Muivah as they are not strong enough to implement their determination.

Dwelling on the maintenance of cease fire ground rules (CFGR), Mulatonu said it (CFGR) should be strictly implemented by both the parties, NSCN and GoI.

On the remarks of NSCN-IM that they would go back to their designated camps only after NSCN-K cadres should moves to their designated camps, he said they (NSCN-IM) entered into cease fire agreement with GOI in 1997 while NSCN-K in 2001.They were first so they should go first to the jungle.

On the issue funding arms and ammunition by foreign countries, he said NSCN has foreign links prior to IM but we never beg anybody for arms and ammunition.

Our Naga people has been providing enough money for purchase of arms and ammunition, he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Kilonser Home and CFSB Member, Hokato said that the cease fire agreement clearly states that the agreement is applicable only in the State of Nagaland.

He, however maintained that we are free to move in part of the country but without combat uniform and arms.

NSCN-K Tatar & Member CFSB, Nitovi Aye disclosed that they have a total of eight designated camps, out of which two have been recently recognized by the GoI.

The new ones are under Mon and Tuensang district.

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PDA allege torture and fake encounter at Shakok

Imphal | August 24 :

The People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), a regional political party in Manipur, has alleged that two cadres of NSCN (IM) have been tortured and killed in a fake encounter by Assam Rifles (AR) on August 12 at Shakok village, Ukhrul district. This was mentioned in a PDA memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in connection with the alleged high handedness of the Assam Rifles personnel.

The regional political party mentioned in the memorandum that the Indo-Naga peace talk at the highest level between the Government of India (GOI) and NSCN-IM has completed 12 years with the commitment of sincere hope and honourable solution desired by both the negotiating parties is moving in the right direction.

However, the brutal murder of the two cadres of NSCN (IM), Salmon Hungyo and Phanitphang on August 12 by the 23 AR under the command of colonel S.S Bhugal Singh was a highly irresponsible and indecent action, stated the memorandum. Moreover, the areas were sealed for about 3/4 days and the people were made to remain confined in their respective home causing serious inconveniences, it said.

Terming the August 12 incident as third-degree method, the PDA stated in the memorandum that such methods are not permissible and stated that balanced approach is needed so that the criminals do not go scot free. Stating that custodial death is one of the worst crimes in civilized society, the PDA stated that such act is naked violation of human dignity.

Demanding punishment of the guilty security forces personnel according to laws of the land, the regional party condemned such acts. The party further stated that people want peace and honourable solution of this old deadlock through political dialogue despite the suppression by arms powers.

The party further urged the attention of the Prime Minister towards the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talk and not to derail the smooth ongoing peace talk and suspension of operation by both the parties. It urged all to respect the mandate of the peace talk and suspension of operation by both the parties and any action of high-handedness and imposing the will of the strong over the weak must be stopped, it said.

The PDA urged the Prime Minister to prevail upon the armed forces personnel in the hill areas of Manipur not to repeat incidents like that of August 12 and to punish the guilty security personnel. It then urged to pursue the Indo-Naga peace talk with commitment and sincerity for early settlement once and for all.

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STATEMENT ON THE POSITION OF CURRENT INDO-NAGA PEACE PROCESSS

25 August

The statement of the Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai in Imphal on the Indo- Naga Peace Talks is so compelling that NSCN felt constrained to issue counter- statement to clear such misleading statement. Nothing of what Mr. Pillai said correlates to anything that was discussed during the last 12 years between Govt. of India and NSCN, and in this is a serious dilution of the factual position of the Indo-Naga peace process. Moreover, such statement to emanate from Home Secretary can only be taken as undermining the talks on Political issue that was agreed upon at Prime Minister Level and never at the Home Ministry level. It is therefore, not the business of the Home Secretary to speak on the Naga Political issue in such unguarded manner. Complicated and sensitive as the Naga issue is, this is politically immodest as well.  It is highly unethical on the part of Mr. Pillai to distort or misinterpret Indo-Naga peace process at his own whims. This will only cause consternation to the Nagas.

That at no point of time NSCN accepted the importance of the Indian constitution to form the basis for the Naga Solution. No autonomy of any kind was also discussed and understanding reached. Mr. Pillai cannot take such malicious pleasure in feeding the Press that will only create confusion to the public. Such ill- conceived statement stands to be treated as nothing but libelous.

For the Nagas, talks between the Government of India and the NSCN signify two entities. It is a talk between two people at the Prime Ministerial level. The talk is also without condition, which means outside the parameter of the Indian constitution, and talks in Third countries which implies the involvement of a third party that hosts and facilitates the talks.

The recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas by the Government of India means the Nagas are not part of the Union of India and the situation in Nagalim is political, not that of law and order under the Indian constitution.

Ceasefire area coverage without territorial limit as affirmed by the then Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee in Osaka, Japan stating that “wherever there is fighting, there is ceasefire. It covers everywhere”is a political standard to govern the Indo-Naga Ceasefire Ground Rules.

Much to the indignation of the Naga people the Govt. of India proved unscrupulous in more than one occasion when the Naga Political issue was entering a critical stage. In this context it may be pointed out that in one particular occasion Dr. Michael Van Walt Van Praag, Director of The international Peace Council for States People and Minorities (Kreddha) submitted proposal to the Indo-Naga talk teams for a probable solution. Both the parties agreed to study and work out a solution on that basis, but the Indian team backed out from its commitment the next time. Recently, the Indian representatives proposed an “Interim Arrangement” but again they went back upon their words in the next talks.

NSCN has tabled two proposals to the Govt. of India on substantive issues. However, till date there is no response from the Govt. of India. Time and again NSCN have stated that it does not view India or Burma as the enemies of the Nagas but as potential neighbours in all fields. Accordingly, it looks for a solution that recognizes the identity/rights of the Nagas and safeguards the security of India. However, it is strongly opposed to the merger of Nagalim into the mainstream of India.

Taking strong exception to the wavering stand of the Govt. of India it is pertinent for NSCN to rue the un-eventful year’s gone bye and the unbecoming statement of Union Home Secretary Mr. Pillai that miserably failed to carry   weight of political correctness. Unfortunately, NSCN’s experience with the Government of India reflects only insincerity, lack of political will and seriousness.

Whatever may be the case, Nagalim belongs to the Nagas. URRA UVIE !

Issued by: MIP/GPRN

HEBRON:25 August 2009

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NATIONAL SOCIALIST WOMAN ORGANIZATION OF NAGALIM

PRESS RELEASE

(26th  August 2009)

In Naga society way of life, woman occupies a very unique position. Women are regarded as the fountain of respect, honour, adoration and recognition in society. But these eminences of Naga women are attacked time and again in the form of rape, torture, force labour and even to the extend of compelling to indulge in flesh trade. Today, the increasing violence on Naga women, while contemplating for Women Empowerment in all sphere of life, the gang-rape and brutally murder of a 30 year old Naga woman on August 22 in New Ralan area of Wokha is a great shock and unthinkable. No form of justice could justify such heinous crime other than elimination from this earth.

Reportedly the victim was married to a Muslin trader and the rapists belong to her husband’s community. It is loud and clear that the flooding of outside traders and labourers in Nagaland, especially the miyas whose sole intention is to get money and wealth. They have no respect for the age old Naga culture, tradition and religion. Naga society is diluted with all kinds of vices brought by such outsiders is a menace to the society and its existence less drastic action is taken to eliminate before it destroys us.

Further, the NSWON appeals and advise the Naga women to be more aware and alert from such occurrences in future that they are not fall into the prey to loose her chastity by foul play of the outsiders.

Issued by: NSWON

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NSCN Zeliangrong region flays Shakok shootout

Dimapur, August 26 (MExN):

The Zeliangrong region of the NSCN (IM) expresses “shock” at the “cynical foul” committed by the 23rd Assam Rifles on the outfit’s cadres on August 12 at Shakok village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district.

A note from the “caretaker CAO” of the region asserted the attack is a violation of the Indo-Naga ceasefire ground rules and said “this is the inherent problem with AR ever since ceasefire was declared in all Naga areas.” The outfit also took a pot-shot at the Assam Rifles’ motto (‘friends of the hill people’) as having been proven otherwise when “the real testing time comes to confront them”.

The faction then referred to the situation in North Cachar Hills district of Assam stating that more than fifty Nagas belonging to the Zeme community have died at the hands of the Dimasa militant factions (DHD-Jewel group and DHD-Dilip Nunisa). The note claimed that “eye-witness evidences shows that the hands of Indian security forces are not clean at all as they have worked in tandem with DHD groups to attack the Zemi villages and killed the innocent people without compunction.”

The Indian security forces should also “learn to respect this historical reality”, the outfit said. “But the Zeliangrong people as a whole will not stay as a mere spectators if the human rights of the Zemi people continues to be violated. This is our stand, and this is our solidarity with our Zemi brethren,” the NSCN (IM) said.

The note also expressed shock at the “irresponsible behavior” of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group chairman, Lieutenant General (Retd.) Mandhata Singh. “He ran away from intervening in the Shakok incident saying his jurisdiction is confined to Nagaland only. The manner of his shirking responsibility is something that should be condemned by all who value peaceful solution to Indo-Naga political issue. It is better for him to make an exit from the peace process if he couldn’t face the situation,” the note stated. “He should leave the chair gracefully before he makes himself another laughing stock,” the note added.

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Tkl bodies strike anti-AFSPA stance

Addie Chiphang

UKHRUL, Aug 26 :

A number of Tangkhul civil society organisations have alleged that the Chief Minister is anti-tribal in his disposition as well as action and called for the resignation of O ibobi Singh.

organisations such as the Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (GBs association), Tangkhul Katamnao Sak-long, Tangkhul Shanao Long and Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL/youth body) at a meeting held yesterday at the district headquarters deliberated on the continued imposition and impact of AFSPA 1948, in the state.

According to TMNL president Zanyo Varam, the participants accused O Ibobi Singh of being a willing sponsor of the repressive Act.

Besides, Zanyo conveying that the meeting unani- mously resolved to demand the immediate scrapping of AFSPA. The recent bloody incident at Shakok village also figured prominently at the meeting.

Demands were also raised that the Government extend adequate compensation to people of Shakok area, comprising of over five villages under Phungyar sub-division and to order a Judicial Inquiry into the killing of SS Sgt Salmon Hungyo and Phanitphang Changnu of the NSCN (IM).

these organisations alleged that troops of 23 Assam Rifles gunned down the NSCN duo during a fake encounter staged on August 12 close to Shakok village.

Moreover, they accused AR troops of subjecting villagers of Phalang, Goda, Laushing, Shinkap, Phung-yar and neighbouring areas to physical and mental torture as a reprisal campaign of the August 12 shoot-out.

The TMNL functionaries claimed that these villagers are still barred from even venturing to their fields or to take out their cattle for grazing beyond the village area.

on the other hand, women folk of the district headquarters are keeping vigil round the clock around the town following reports of security force personnel randomly raiding houses and harassing residents under the pretext of security arrangement.

As pre-emptive steps, the women vigilante take turns in walking around the town, with torches after dusk, and raise alarm by ringing bells and clanging electric poles whenever there is any suspicious movement.

According to sources, AR men in civies and some masked informers randomly pick up suspects and subject them to torture before release.

The general feeling in Ukhrul district headquarters at present is marked with fear and apprehension as the locals shudder to move out from homes at dusk fearing excesses by security force personnel.

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Border meet begins with Myanmar

Imphal, Aug. 26:

A six-day Indo-Myanmar border liaison meet that began at Kalemyo in the neighbouring country today will focus on checking smuggling of arms, drugs and movement of militants.

This is the 37th such meeting to be held on both sides of the border in the past few years.

A 14-member delegation left for Myanmar today, Assam Rifles public relations officer Lt Col Prasant W. stated here. The delegates are scheduled to return here on August 31.

The delegation is being led by Maj. Gen. S.S. Pawar, chief of staff, headquarters 3 Corps, and assisted by Brig. Balbir Singh, Commander, 26 Sector, and Col Vijay Sahgal, colonel general staff of headquarters, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South). The meet is a landmark event where representatives of both the armies interact and co-ordinate border management activities. It helps to strengthen friendship between the two countries.

No details have been given on the agenda of the meeting, but sources said it would focus on cross-border smuggling of arms and drugs and movement of militants.

Security forces on this side of the border have been claiming that Manipur rebels take shelter in Myanmar. Intelligence reports also say that drugs and arms continue to sneak into Manipur.

The meeting is also significant in view of the steps taken by Delhi to fence the border.

Union home secretary G.K. Pillai had announced during his recent visit to Manipur that work on a 10km fence at Moreh in Chandel district would begin this year. The two countries conduct border trade through Moreh town.

Pillai said a plan to fence the entire Indo-Myanmar border had got delayed because of the lack of a clearly demarcated boundary line.

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INDIAN STATE TERRORISM

Wednesday, August 26, 2009:

Students of International Relations and Peace Studies must be aware of the controversy surrounding the etymological development of the term ‘Terrorism’. The core issue is not of the ambiguity of its literal meaning but the obsessive political implications and prejudices it entails. To a frequently ask question – “Who are terrorists?” an honest answer would be the general definition from the dictionary, i.e. “persons/groups that use violent actions to achieve certain goals, etc”. However, after 9/11, people tend to identify terrorists with the Muslims and the Islamic organizations and their allies. In India too, when Hindus attack the Muslims or Christians, it is a law and order problem but when Muslims attack the Hindus, it is a terrorist attack.

A pertinent question arises: Who are to be considered as terrorists? The more striking question is: Who has the infallible authority to sanction terrorist tag? The State? UNO? No! Ironically, the prejudices surrounding the term ‘terrorists’ are mostly constructed connotations, ascribed and imposed upon the less powerful and often overstated by the more powerful to gain political mileage. Notwithstanding the legitimacy one may supposedly possess, branding another organization a ‘terrorist’ can never solve the problem between them.

No one is above the law but all laws are made by man. Now, if the lawmakers, with politically motivated objectives make a law in such a way that it suppresses the general will of the people and contrarily deprives them of their inherent rights, the law itself needs to be scrapped. For example, empowering the Indian Army with unlimited power immune from legal actions through the AFSPA blatantly comes short of civilized law applicable in a democratic society. Now if the law enforcers terrorize the common people in the name of this draconian law, they are equally at fault along with the so called lawbreakers. For, violence cannot justify violence. On the other hand, no law can deny the use of violence as a last resort in self defense, be it the case of an individual or a state. When the Nagas took up arms in the mid-fifties to fight against the mighty Indian forces, it was not an option but a necessity to salvage freedom from the aggressors. When all means of non-violent representations failed and all hopes of peaceful settlement were shattered by the double standard dealing of the Naga issue by the Indian leadership, Naga leaders were forced to go underground. Against all norms, India quickly responded by unleashing a reign of terror in the erstwhile peaceful Naga country. When Naga freedom fighters inflicted casualties upon the Indian soldiers, they retaliated by indiscriminate firing, burning down of villages, grouping, torture , rape and killing of innocent village folks. Oinam incident was condemned by all international communities. Yet, it was not the first of its kind; never the last. Nagas have been subjected to myriad of such inhuman treatment in the cruel hands of the Indian army, most of which went unheard to the outside world. Since then Nagas have been living in constant fear and trauma. Thousands have been ruthlessly slaughtered. And Nagas are not alone. Behind the facade of fighting insurgency, the whole North East has been terrorized by India and her agents. The present scenario in Manipur is a clear manifestation of state sponsored terrorism. The security agents, in collusion with hoodlums are responsible for creating panicky situations in Manipur where harassment, fake encounters, bandhs, dharnas etc. are abounded. People no longer wonder how the militants managed to explode bombs in the marketplaces amidst air tight security. The assassination of University Professor, the recent murder of a pregnant woman and a youth in fake encounter, bomb explosion near a hospital, etc. all these unhealthy incidents are the handiworks of the Indian agents in the stolen name of some proscribed militant groups. Through reliable intelligence sources it has been established that the notorious Manipur Police commandos have clandestine link with militants in carrying out these extortion threats. The solution does not lie in apprehending and punishing the perpetrators alone, for they themselves are already victims of some filthy games sponsored by higher orders. Mr. Ramanada alias Oken an ex KCP member is one of such pawns used by the commandos for quite a long time. When their dirty alliance was exposed, they planned to do away with him. Therefore, Oken slipped out from their hands and escaped towards the hills. There, he was given refuge by the Assam Rifles under the mentorship of Maj. Rana of the 23 AR. This explains the incident of bomb explosion in Ukhrul that took place soon after the patrol party of the Assam Rifles withdrew from the spot. Presently, Mr. Oken is under the care of Maj. Shekhar, 21 AR. This piece of classified information is stated here in public interest to be warned of the wolves in sheep skin prowling next door.

In all fairness, Government of India ought to tender official apology to the people of the North east for the acts of terrorism perpetrated by her security agents. Interestingly, she is changing her strategy especially with regard to Indo-Naga issue: from forceful suppression to gradual assimilation, from direct confrontation to systematic strangulation. Whatsoever, we reiterate our stand that India remains our abominable enemy so long as she keeps trying to downplay with Naga Nationalism. In a bid to cover up her ugly image, the armed forces are employing suedo-good Samaritan services to woo the common people. We are not jealous of the civic activities being carried out by the Assam Rifles. On the contrary, we are aware of the string that comes with the boon. Nagas are not that dumb to swallow the bait. Indian agents may have succeeded in indoctrinating some Nagas with false propaganda, but they can never bury the truth. Like the cunning devil, they started tempting: Can Nagas really survive themselves as a nation? Why sovereignty when we already have Nagaland at hand? What is freedom at all if we are to be impoverished? So and so. Craftily, India injected these doubts and initiated hate campaign, creating dissensions across the sections of Naga society, both overground and underground. Now, she is using one group to condemn the other. The desperate attempt by some individuals/groups to discredit the NSCN as a terrorist organization is indeed a sorry state of affairs for the Nagas. Where are we heading to? Wake up before it is too late. We will be the most pitiable people if we cannot overcome this proxy war deviously waged by India. Before we point finger to one another, let us ponder a while and try to identify who our real enemy is. Dear countrymen, intellectuals or ordinary, it is time we join hands and rise against the enemy in one accord. For the Naga Army, in agreement with the national principles of the NSCN, we are carrying the mantle of defending our land and the people at all cost. However, let this be known by all and sundry that we do not believe in terrorism.

Col. Levi Zimik

PRO/ Naga Army

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NSCN(IM) declines Centre’s offer

27 August

Kohima: The NSCN(IM) on Wednesday said it has not agreed to an offer for more autonomy to Nagas made by the Centre, whom it criticised for not being sincere in solving the state’s decades-long problem.

In a statement, the group claimed that the recent comments by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai were ‘misleading’ and ‘a dilution’ of the peace process and said the Centre was not addressing the Naga issue in a sincere manner. During his recent visit to Manipur, Pillai had reportedly said the Centre would submit a proposal to NSCN(IM) offering more autonomy to Nagas, but under no circumstances the territorial integrity of Manipur would be disturbed while resolving the Naga problem.

He had also said that the autonomy proposals might require some constitutional amendments, but it was up to NSCN-IM to accept or not and the proposals would soon be sent to the Union Cabinet for consideration.

The group said nothing of what Pillai said correlated to anything that was discussed in the past 12 years between it and the Centre. “It is a serious dilution of the factual position of the peace process,” the NSCN(IM) said.

Maintaining that no autonomy of any kind was discussed and understanding reached during over a decade-long peace talks, the NSCN(IM) said such statements from the home secretary could only be taken as “undermining the talks on the political issue that was agreed upon at the prime minister level and never at the Home Ministry level”.

The development comes at a time when the next round of peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) is likely to be held in first week of September after a long gap. (PTI)

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NSCN (IM) discharges two

August 28

The President of the Government People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), Isak Chishi Swu, has discharged two Tatars on account of health and old age. The two Tatars include Robin Ezung, Deputy, Lotha Region, and Brigadier (Retired) Simon Malang, representing the Wung Tangkhul sub-region. In separate letters to the Speaker of the Tatar Hoho, the GPRN President accepted the plea made by the two Tatars. Ezung has been discharged on health grounds and the order related to him will come into effect from August 19, 2009, while Malang has been discharged due to old age and health grounds and the order related to him will come into effect from July 3, 2009, stated a notification received here. The GPRN President has acknowledged the services rendered by both Tatars.

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