March 2009 News

March 2009 News

Naga groups willing to talk to each other

Dimapur | March 2 :

The visiting team of London based Quakers assisting the reconciliation efforts undertaken by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation has perhaps for the first time indicated that there is greater openness and trust among the Naga groups to meeting and talking to each other. Expressing cautious optimism over the proposed meeting/s “at the highest level”, the Quakers in an exclusive interview with the Chief of Bureau, The Morung Express, pointed out that this “willingness” to meet at the highest level by “almost all the groups” was a “big step forward”. When queried, the Quakers disclosed that no group has put any pre-condition for such a meeting and termed this as positive and encouraging for the reconciliation process currently underway ever since the series of Naga peace summits at Chiangmai, Thailand.

While not willing to give away much on the ongoing efforts, the visiting delegation nevertheless “suggested” on the “probability” of a “first meeting” between top leaders of the political groups. It was pointed out that the meeting at the highest level will require a “step by step” approach and that it will require “sincere efforts” from all the groups. “We are convinced that cessation of military hostilities would be a helpful background to a high-level meeting”, the Quakers suggested while adding that all support needs to be given to the forum for the proposed high level meeting/s. It was also requested to the groups that the “low level of violence be maintained or reduced” for the “agreed next step” of meeting at the highest level. The Quakers encouraged the need for the groups to make “unconditional peace offers” as confidence building measures.

The Quakers, who have been working closely with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation  through several confidential meetings both in Nagaland and abroad, disclosed that they were in the process of “listening” to the different groups and looking at possible outcomes, which best serves the common interest of the people i.e. to reconcile on the basis of the historical and political rights of the Nagas towards a peaceful political solution. “The Naga groups are much more willing to consider talking to each other”. The Quakers who have been involved in mediation efforts in some form or the other for several years now have reasons to be happy. “One can sense a much more conducive atmosphere. Trust levels have gone up”, the Quakers point out while explaining that the “outcomes” have been positive —the level of violence and killings coming down, less acrimony in public statements and more self restraint shown by the groups.

In their effort to reconcile the different groups, the Quakers have reportedly visited the different headquarters or camps—Hebron, Khehoi, Noklak, Kohima—and have met with all the Naga “political groups” with the common question i.e. what each one can offer to the reconciliation process. “We want to send out the message that you are the stakeholders”. Admitting that more needs to be done to build trust, the Quakers are aware about the “fragility” of the process itself. “There can be no complacency”, they added while at the same time remaining optimistic about the goal of sustainable peace. The Quakers in particular lauded the role played by the forum describing the efforts put in by them as both ground breaking and a “large step” taken. “The FNR has been instrumental in giving momentum to the reconciliation process”, the Quakers acknowledged.

This was the ninth visit of a Quakers team to Nagaland. The four-member Quakers team that visited Nagaland on this occasion comprised of Stuart Morton, Jan Arriens, Diana Francis and Martin Williams.

The Quakers are known across the world for their commitment to peacemaking and their quiet approach and non-formal diplomacy has been well appreciated in conflict areas. The Quaker belief that each human being is endowed with something precious, an “inner light” or “that of God” within has been the guiding value in their peace work.

The Quakers were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 in recognition of their contribution to peace efforts around the world.

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No question of handing over Ningshen to Manipur: NSCN-IM

Black sheep exist in every society’ says NSCN-IM Kilo Kilonser Keditsü Tsüzüh.

Dimapur, March 02 2009:

In an interview between NSCN-IM’s Kilo Kilonser (Home Minister), Keditsu Tsuzuh and Ngathingkhui Jagoi of Easten Mirror, a Dimapur based English daily, at the Hebron Camp, the CHQ of the GPRN/NSCN, the 60 year-old Kilo Kilonser is reported to have said that there is no question of the NSCN-IM handing over the murderer of Dr Thingnam Kishan, ‘Lt Col’ H Ningshen to the Government of Manipur

However, NSCN-IM will give him the befitting punishment for his inhuman crime, the Kilo Kilonser is reported to have said.

The following are excerpts from the interview published in Eastern Mirror, dated 2nd March, 2009.

Eastern Mirror: The general public feels that the image of the NSCN-IM has pummeled to a very low standard, particularly in the past 1–2 years, on the home front. Does the NSCN authority feel the same way?

Keditsü Tsüzüh: I don’t think so. The NSCN image is the same as before. The only thing we’re doing now is keeping a low profile. Yes, of course, we admit that there are certain black sheep in our setup, but our politics is not affected by them. Look, the general public must also admit that such people exist in every good society.

EM: What are the difficulties being faced by the NSCN on the home front?

KT: We don’t face any difficulties here. Yes, we have problems but problems will be there as long as the world is there. What we know makes us wise and therefore makes us ready to face the problems. We will never be cowed down in our political ambitions because of these problems.

EM: In the backdrop of the killing of Dr Kishan, SDO of Kasom Khullen, there has been a hue and cry in Manipur. The government of Manipur and civil organisations are demanding that your government should hand over Lt Col H Ningshen to the Manipur government. Is GPRN considering handing over the erring official to Manipur govt? If not, what kind of degree of punishment does NSCN intend to give to the guilty official?

KT: Why should we hand over Ningshen to Manipur? They are demanding what is not possible for us. Yes, he has committed serious crime as per his confession reports. So we will hold his trial in our court. We have our own court and we will award him punishment according to the degree of his crime. We will definitely punish him and all those people involved in the crime. Never doubt that. But it may take time because we have to still investigate into it. As of now, we cannot tell you the exact degree of punishment to award him and his accomplices. I will, therefore, appeal our Meitei brethrens not to insert communal tones into the issue. NSCN government has its own law and those guilty will be tried within our judicial system.

EM: Viewing from the angle of the killing of Dr Kishan and other stray incidents in the past few years, it becomes apparent that there is a missing link in the chain of command or for that matter the coordination in the NSCN authorities….

KT: No, no, no that is not it. We have the system or, what you call, chain of command in our government. We have every protocol and execute things accordingly. There is no missing link in the chain of command. Can you say there is no chain of command when an Indian soldier kills a civilian?

But as I said, there are black sheep in every society. These few black sheep in our government has smeared the face of NSCN. But look, Lt Col H Ningshen has, in his confessional statement, made it clear that he has killed Dr Kishan without the official sanction of the government. He has owned up the responsibility of the brutal murder by citing the wrongs of Dr Kishan too.

EM: Well, both NSCN government and the erring Naga army officer have clarified non-involvement of the government in the killing. However, looking at the nature of the killing of the SDO, people feel that involvement of some higher NSCN authority cannot be written off ….

KT: We have constituted an inquiry committee. They will investigate and we will take action accordingly against all erring officials.

EM: How do you react to the demands to brand NSCN as ‘terrorist’ organisation by Manipur political parties and other organisations there? For instance, the ‘Ceasefire Uprising’ in Manipur in 2001 made the Government of India retract its commitment on the coverage of ceasefire. If the magnitude of agitation this time too reaches such a stage, what will be the NSCN’s next step?

KT: It is a ceasefire related matter. There is ceasefire, I mean GoI and NSCN has already entered into the agreement. There is no way that the GoI can bow down to the demands to brand NSCN as terrorist group. Indian leaders are no fools. Politicians will come and go – many Indian prime ministers, home ministers and other great leaders have come and gone after seeing what and how the book of ceasefire agreement between GoI and the NSCN is all about. Now P Chidambaram is the home minister of the Indian Union. I think he will surely respect the decisions of his predecessors. He is also not a fool. I would therefore appeal the Nagas not to make wild guesses. And at the same time, Meiteis should understand the reality between the NSCN and GoI. They should discard the way of ‘mobocracy’. A mob has many heads but no conscience and if they continue to let mobocracy rule their conscience, it is not good for them.

EM: Why was the GoI-NSCN peace talks discontinued abruptly? Any reasons?

KT: The talks will continue. Since the Indian parliamentary elections are approaching, they (GoI) requested a break for sometime as political leaders will be busy for the polls. It will continue soon after the elections.

EM: OK, the Indian Parliamentary elections are round the corner again. In the past elections NSCN has directly or indirectly involved or interfered whatever the terms may be… what will be the role of the NSCN-IM this time?

KT: (Laughs) Everyday is not Sunday (laughs). We have no intention to involve or interfere in Indian elections. It is none of our business.

EM: Almost all the Naga factions attended the reconciliation meeting held at Kohima recently on February 21–22. Those who could not attend sent their solidarity messages. But NSCN-IM flashed its appreciation to the initiative in local dailies only after the meeting. Why did NSCN abstain from the meeting? Any reasons?

KT: Reconciliation move was started by us, our collective leadership, since various Naga NGOs/civil societies apprised them when they were abroad. In 2007 when they came here, they fasted for 3 days from January 11–13. On the last day, that is January 13, the president announced that there could be reconciliation if the roadblock is cleared.

EM: What do you meant by this roadblock?

KT: I’m coming to that point. The roadblock is having collaboration with non-Naga groups. So the President asked all factions to snap ties or collaboration with other non-Naga underground groups so that all Nagas can reconcile. Till today we stand by that declaration of the president. We appreciate the initiatives of Forum for Naga Reconciliation and all those working for Nagas unity and reconciliation. But we want to see that collaboration by some faction with enemies is snapped and the roadblock removed first.

EM: One personal question; what are your expectations out of the present talks? How soon do you expect an interim government or for that matter a solution?

KT: The issue is purely in the hands of the collective leadership. I cannot say anything on that matter, personal opinion or whatever. But let’s hope it would be solved very soon. It cannot be dragged on and on like this forever. This is all I can say for now.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity.

Press Release

3rd March ‘ 09

When the head of the district administration indulge in corruption, it breeds corruption of dangerous dimension where the vulnerable lots falls easy prey. More dangerous was the collusion that has nothing to do socio-political interest other than laundering public money. For quite a long period the disgraced Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul district has gained certain notoriety as the most corrupted officer in

the district. Unfortunately, some like-minded elements within the NSCN organization established proximity to Mr. Pankaj Kumar, DC. In the sinister game plan of corruption, one thing leads to another as the greed that motivates corruption never bother to care two hoots to the warning bells that were already ringing.

When the SDO of Kasom Khullen was murdered along with two of his staffs, it shooked the conscience of the whole state, irrespective of any communal affiliation. There was mass protest of consciousness-raising, particularly in Imphal Capital and Ukhrul. NSCN was targeted with derogatory placards, for the beastly manner of killing was committed by one Lt.Col. H. Ningshen of Naga Army who confessed to the crime as the work of his own conscience and nothing to do with the official directives of NSCN authority. But caught under such embarrassing situation the NSCN authority is already at work to make a thorough enquiry sending the message that there will be no leniency when the verdict is passed by the National Security Council, as the law cannot be distorted to save anybody. The Special Enquiry Committee that was set up will submit its reports on or before 4 March. Based on the vital clues emanating from different sources the circumstantial evidences that developed leave the room very wide open to suspect the conspiracy of Ukhrul DC to the brutal killing of Kasom Khullen SDO. The DC called a meeting at his office chamber on 13 February. But such meeting was never convened in the past three years. And moreover nothing important was discussed in the meeting other than his going for leave and a Minister visiting Kasom Khullen. but within minutes after the meeting Dr. Th. Kishan was whisked away right in the eye of the office goers and public in the compound. DC was even in the knowledge of the SDO being taken away when he met him on the road to Shirui-Langdang village (GREF road) with the vehicle driven one NSCN cadre Sgt. Maj. Ashang. Any responsible officer as head of district administration would have raised an alarm. Moreover, when the wife of Dr. Kishan enquired about the whereabouts of her

husband, Pankaj hinted to her that, her husband could be in the hand of NSCN. Pankaj was expected to have shown the concern of a father figure. But he was found turning his head away. This is a big question

that should not be casually overlooked. The relationship between Manipur CM Ibobi Singh and Pankaj Kumar is also a thing of curiosity. The closeness goes beyond the official protocol. The timing of Pankaj taking leave on 13th February is also suspicious enough. Dr. Kishan was abducted on the same day. When studied from the angle of criminal detective, the mastermind of the whole thing points towards Pankaj, conniving with the ruffians within NSCN and outside NSCN. The probe therefore cannot treat Pankaj casually if the truth of the whole game plan to eliminate Dr. Kishan is to be un-earthed. There is

more than what meets the eye as far as the alleged conspiracy of Pankaj is concerned.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

3rd March ’09.

Taking serious note of the Killing of Kasom Khullen SDO. Dr. Th.Kishan and his two staff, and confessed by Lt. Col. H. Ningshem of Naga Army as his handiwork the NSCN authorities were awakened to the

reality to allow the law of the GPRN to take its own course, in order to award appropriate punishment to the culprits. Accordingly the NSCN authorities constituted a Special Enquiry Committee to investigate the

matter that has shook the consciousness of the people across. The Committee was given 4th March as the date for submitting the report to the National Security Council of NSCN. However, the Committee could not complete the job within the stipulated time as the case turned more complex when new evidences come to light. As necessitation by the changed situation another 15 days has been given to the Special Enquiry Committee to complete the investigation. This is the only option to clean the conscience of all who would like to know to the truth of everything that culminated to the gruesome incident.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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Speech of V.S. Atem (Retd. Lt. Gen), Emissary to the Collective

Leadership, National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) in the Naga Consultative Meet held at Kohima on March 5-7, 2009.

In an occasion of this magnitude where the spirit of nationalism has generated such enthusiasm on the socio-political urgency to strengthen the voice of Nagas, courtesy the Neiphiu Rio led government, we cannot help pointing out the past governments with a serious attitude problem towards the national workers. We were treated and despised as misguided elements, outlaws, terrorist, Maoist, ISI agents, anti-social elements, extremist etc.  Such was the manner to discredit us.

And the national workers were hunted down in the most gruesome manner, the viciousness that demeaned human dignity. Nevertheless, God is always merciful to our cause and we faced the onslaught with the courage born out of political conviction.

Praise the Lord!  The present government is showing change in

perception. The Nagaland state government under Neiphiu Rio as Chief Minister is giving all the attention on the ongoing peace process. Such spirit of developing a positive approach will go a long way in pushing forward the Indo-Naga political peace process.

In the past we have never gone on the extreme side of the government in Nagaland. And the comparative forces of repulsion and attraction as experienced in the past and today are a living testimony to the changed attitude-accommodating people’s interests and aspirations.

During the Indo-Naga political peace process one distinct achievement is the recognition of the uniqueness of the Naga history and situation, by the government of India. In any agreement that may arise, this uniqueness will find reflection. And honorable solution is all about taking cognizance of this uniqueness.

NSCN is not against economic development and shall not stand in its way. But it becomes a different matter when the agenda of economic development is maneuvered in such a way to go against the Naga national right and aspiration. There can be no compromise whatsoever.

Ever since the birth of the statehood of Nagaland, NSCN has developed strong apprehension about the “Economic Policy” of the government of India. By rough estimate, New Delhi has spent not less than 200,000 crores in Naga areas, from the time when Indo-Naga conflict started. Such mind-boggling amounts are spent to fight and suppress the Nagas by deploying lacs of security forces. Unaccounted crores are also spent to enforce the divisive policy at the hands of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), Intelligence Bureau (I.B) and Military Intelligence

(M.I). In the name of economic development how many crores has been spent?  But there is no straightforward equivalence between economic progress and crores that are invested. There is simply no such visibility in the ground as we look around. This speaks volumes of the ulterior motive in pouring thousands of crores into Nagaland.

The much talk about “Look East Policy” is in reality a charming

exploitation and far from any genuine desire for state development. The North east people are never consulted and our point of views are never invited, the grassroots people are simply ignored unscrupulously. There is no room for doubt that north east abounds with natural wealth. The government’s covetous policy finds expression in Look East Policy. Let us be aware my dear fellow Nagas, lest we are squeezed of our God-given wealth.

You will all be aware with certain level of anxiety as the Indo-Naga political peace process past 11 years without anything worth to show off to the Naga people. On 15th Sept. 2008 the government of India put us on the horizon when “Interim Arrangement” was proposed to us. NSCN welcomed such offer but at the same time asked India to elaborate the Road Map of the proposal. However, the concrete structure of the proposal is yet to be shown to us under one pretext or the other. This is upsetting in any sense of the term, and tantamount to breach of

trust and betrayal.

Unfortunately, we the Nagas have allowed ourselves to be used against our interests. The divided voice of the Nagas has encouraged the Indians to suppress us further to undermine our political rights. But how long shall we speak with divided voices, never able shake the consciousness of the Indians. We have to clear our conscience and we have to make a commitment to the cause and to do away with the obstructionist mindset.

It is heartening to see Non-Resident Nagas from different parts of the world coming to show solidarity to the cause. How far you have proved yourself as the socio-political face and voice of the Nagas, it is left to your own judgment. But remember, wherever you may be, you are always Nagas by blood and you shall die as Nagas. You can never discard your blood and cultural identity of being Nagas. So, come, let us reason together to make a political meaning of the movement that has crossed over 60 (sixty) years. Let us commit ourselves to listen to our inner voice to work with the heart of honesty and sincerity.

Where asserting our political commitment under the ongoing Indo-Naga political peace process and to respect the interest of the people, we would like to convey the message of our Collective Leadership, all senior members, the rank and file that such meeting of the minds should bear fruits and henceforth, adopt a new line of approach towards one another and toward the issue that remain as elusive as ever. Once again, we would also like to reiterate our stand that in the scheme of political settlement with the government of India the people’s interest and aspiration shall always be guarded, and no final decision to be taken without consulting the Naga people. Under no circumstances the dream of the thousands of Naga people who died for the cause and those many more who are ready to die will be

compromised.

Kuknalim.

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‘Insisting on SOP may lead to CF breakdown’

Dimapur | March 6 :

The NSCN (IM) has sounded a caution that insistence on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by security forces, State police and civil society, may lead to possible breakdown of the ceasefire between the Government of India and the organization, which is into its twelfth year.

Talking to media-persons here at the ceasefire monitoring cell (CFMC) office, CFMC convener “brig” Phungthing Shimrang said the SOP, issued by the Home Ministry during the brief stint of President’s Rule in Nagaland in 2007, was in ‘total violation’ of the revised Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR) between the GoI and NSCN (IM) on January 13, 2001.

Phungthing said 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 organization, and that all cases of violation of the ground rules would be referred to a “monitoring group comprising of the NSCN, NGOs and representatives nominated by the Government of India.”

On the other hand, he alleged that the security forces and police are ‘arbitrarily harassing’ and arresting the outfit’s cadres under National Security Act (NSA) ‘taking advantage’ of the SOP, without bringing such cases to the notice of the Ceasefire monitoring Group (CFMG). Stressing on the need to strengthen the ceasefire monitoring mechanism, Phungthing said so long as the Assam Rifles and police continue to enforce the ground rules in an ‘arbitrary manner’,  “the NSCN will not be a party to it.”

He also alleged that the Government of India and its agencies are  ‘creating confusion’ “among the public”. This is by ‘mixing up’ the ceasefire GoI had entered with other groups and the SOP with that of the revised CFGR, he alleged. The NSCN (IM) leader cautioned that there might be possible breakdown of the ceasefire if civil society and GBs and DBs do not ‘understand the magnitude of the confusion’ created by the SOP. He said even the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) constituted by the DAN government was asking the NSCN (IM) to follow the SOP.

Making it clear that the ceasefire between the GoI and NSCN (IM) was declared under three principles – unconditional talks, at the highest level and outside India – Phungthing further alleged that the government agencies are trying to ‘bring down the status of the Naga issue’. He said that in the past as well, Nagas were also talking at the prime minister-level but “some FGN representatives” reduced the Naga issue to the governor’s level, culminating in the Shillong Accord.

Likewise, if talks with NSCN fail, then talks with other groups may be ‘lower than that of the Shillong Accord’, he asserted. “We cannot afford to forget history, it is only history that has taught us to move forward,” the CFMC convener said. Just because of some “few irritants”, the Naga issue cannot be allowed to be buried, he  added.

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NSCN perspective on Naga Politics, Unity and Peace Process in the Naga

Consultative Meeting held at Kohima on March 5-7, 2009.

Rh. Raising, Secretary Steering Committee, NSCN.

We thank and praise God, the Author of all nations who has inspired and guided the Nagas thus far in their long march for their cherished goal. Empire rises and falls because they are perishable political unit but nations are indestructible natural entity. To cite a few examples – Roman and British Empires rose and fell but they are outlived by all nations under them. However big it may be, Indian state has no power to destroy the Naga nation. Nagas are undoubtedly a nation among nations.

To be a nation alone is not enough unless it carries with it a political message. A people without politics is a sum total of individuals who happen to exist without any motive force. A people become a force to be reckoned with only when they become political. It is politics that moves a people from one historical stage to another. We know all the nation-states are the creations of politics. Nagas are

also a nation with deeply rooted political concept and vision. Our socio-political system is the product of that political concept and consequently our culture and social values are the outcome of that system. In order to safeguard and preserve our foundation and future, formation of political organization is a matter of necessity, not choice. After the failures of all others, NSCN was finally formed to uphold our foundations. We have also to thank the leadership of both NSCN and GOI who brought peace in our war-riddened Nagalim through the ceasefire agreement. The

Ceasefire arrived at between the two parties under the three terms is a landmark in the history of the Nagas, which deserves appreciation from all quarters. And that the credit of this achievement will go to all of us, not only to a few. Yes, peace is made a reality through the tireless efforts and total dedication of those revolutionary patriots in the field on the one hand, the unflinching political and prayer support of our people who have suffered beyond words on the other.

Mention may be made of those friends of the Nagas who stood by us in all weather for materializing peace in Nagalim.

We know peace is the language of heaven and it is the will of the good Lord that there should be peace here in Nagalim too. But the reality is that peace does not exist by itself. It always goes along with freedom, truth and justice, in the absence of which, preaching of peace, as we understand, is meaningless. Our stand is therefore, peace in Nagalim should be founded on a firm foundation. It has been the culture of the Nagas that they used to settle their differences, disputes and problems in the Morung (Public house). Confronting parties are made to reconcile through the good offices of the village elders. Sharing smoke-pipe, food and drink after the settlement of disputes are widely practiced. Reconciliation between two warring clans or villages through the mediation of Pukhareila (Woman mediator) has also been the practice in Naga country since time immemorial.

Every one of us is fond of talking of unity, but no one talks of its basis and the science of how it is concretized. The edifice of unity should be built firmly on a solid ground. It cannot be built in the air or in the water. If we are to translate unity into a reality we are required to identify those uniting and dividing points and

roadblocks. If and when the diagnosis is found we must have the courage to speak what is what and who is who. NSCN has been maintaining their stand on principle-based unity and issue-based unity. Unity is not a new agenda for NSCN. In tune with the declared stand, our honorable Yaruiwo (President) has officially proclaimed, “Unity through reconciliation and forgiveness.” And therefore, we will

always abide by that proclamation. It would not be wrong to say that we are the mover of the agenda.

We can proudly say that we have achieved more in the twelve years peace time than in fifty years armed confrontation. Government of India has also admitted and recognized the fact that politics of the Nagas is rooted in the rock of unique history. History will ever speak that at no point of time, the Nagas have ever been subjugated by any power either by conquest or consent. Yes, our politics is built upon that living history. The case of the Nagas is a national resistance movement against the aggressor States pure and simple. Therefore, there arises no question of secession either from India or Myanmar. Nagas are neither a party to the Union of India nor that of Myanmar. We praise the Indian authorities who acknowledged that the Indo-Naga issue is political that demands political solution. The current peace process has turned situation in Nagalim from military to political, from bush warfare to political warfare and from confrontation to negotiation. It has raised the issue to the highest level – talks at the Prime Ministerial level, without conditions and in third countries as two entities. NSCN has earned the legal recognition by the GOI and sympathizer countries. On top of that, it has also obtained acknowledgement by the international community that it is the legitimate political organization of the Naga people. All these are marked achievements of the Naga people during the period of peace process.

Talks are being focused on the issues of relations between India and Nagalim and their interests. We have been trying to work out the best possible solution without forgoing the principle. And we have made our position very clear that any accord or agreement that does not guarantee the future of the Nagas would not be acceptable to the Nagas. It has also been told to the Indian negotiating team that any political move which does not take the aspiration and right of the Nagas into account would be a futile political exercise. As the Scripture says, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” so also if and when our foundations are destroyed everything falls and nothing stands. Our national resistance movement is therefore, oriented to defending our foundations. The prime objective of our negotiation is also to defend and preserve them. Thus, our national unity should also speak of this truth.

The Nagas do not and should not take the Indians as their enemy and I hope the Indians too view us in the same way. We should rather be partners in all fields, particularly partners of peace and progress. We must live together as different kinds of flower bloom together in the same garden. We have also expressed that since no nation is an island and interdependence of people and nations is the law of

existence, Nagas and Indians are also indispensably interrelated. And that this reality should be borne in mind when arriving at the final settlement.

Kuknalim!

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Naga meet resolves to form common platform

Kohima | March 7 :

The three-day long Naga Consultative Meet with Overseas Nagas concluded here this evening by adopting six resolutions to carry forward the Naga political process. Disclosing this to media persons after the conclusion of the meet, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the meet resolved to carry forward the slogan “one dream, one voice, one future.” It also resolved to form a common platform represented with every tribe, civil society platforms and churches to take the Naga peace process ahead. The common platform will be facilitated by hohos, Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the Forum for Naga Reconciliation  and church leaders.

6-point resolution calls for ceasefire among Naga groups stating that the reconciliation forum is doing a commendable job towards the cause of reconciliation, the meet resolved to extend full support to the forum to make the stated goal a reality. The house endorsed that ‘we should take the peace process forward through negotiation and it will seek the Government of India to be committed and sincere, to bring an early solution to the Naga political problem’. The meet also resolved to make an appeal and ask the undergrounds to immediately stop fratricidal killing and to declare a ceasefire among themselves.

After thorough deliberations, Rio said the meeting recognized the suffering of the “eastern” Nagas in Burma (Myanmar) and resolved to work towards their recognition, with defined territory for all-round development, politically, socially and economically. Rio informed that the three-day consultative meet witnessed intensive and detailed discussions.

He also complimented to PAC for the successful  meet and at the same time he expressed gratitude to the people who had attended the meet – tribal hohos, civil organizations, underground factions and concerned individuals. Co-convenor  of the Political Affairs Committee, Dr. T. M. Lotha and  secretary PAC Z. Lohe were also present during the press briefing.

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Seven NNC cadres join NSCN.

10th March ’09.

MIP/GPRN:

The spirit to serve the nation must find support through proper platform in order to help push forward the nation’s interest. Seven cadres from NNC/FGN makes the right decision today when they join the mainstream of the national movement under NSCN as they show off at CHQ, Hebron with 3 arms -= 1 M-22, one Sten carbine and one Action Rifle. Joint Council members welcome them in the reception at Hebron. They are all from Chakhesang region. The seven cadres are:

1, Major Zapoyi 2. Captain Pusazo 3. Lieutenant Verato 4. Lieutenant Rezu 5. S/Major Pukrovoyi 6. Corporal Khruvoyi 7. Chief Intelligence Officer Lhusavoyi

Issued by:-

MIP, GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information & Publicity

Press Release

10th March 2009

When the GoI and NSCN entered into ceasefire agreement in August 1997

it signifies the recognition of the Naga political problem from the

historical point of view as military solution was ruled out. It is

better to be realistic then simply beating about the bush to mislead

the people it claimed to represent. Truly speaking, the whole Nagas

lauded the historic step taken by NSCN in signing the 2nd Indo-Naga

ceasefire. The 1st Indo-Naga ceasefire was in 1964. The UNLF by

questioning the wisdom of NSCN in signing such ceasefire is going

against revolutionary spirit and defies the fundamental objective of

launching liberation movement. No liberation or revolution movement

came to fruition without negotiation.

In any revolutionary movement lapses comes in plenty, and

unfortunately it started playing into people’s sentiment. NSCN never

argues the perfection of its cadres. Black sheep are many within the

organization and they become the source of public nuisance in many

occasions. There is no running away from the people’s scrutiny and we

cannot stay apart from people’s aspiration. Corrective steps are

therefore part of the disciplinary reformation in NSCN. When UNLF

started meddling into Naga issue and started getting censorious of

NSCN activities it became a matter of fishing into troubled water.

This is un-revolutionary and bereft of any validity worth considering.

Spitting venom by using divisive language is all the more harmful to

the spirit of co-existence among the people-the hills and the valley.

By questioning the long term political strategy of NSCN the UNLF is

simply going overboard, and should learn to mind its own business.

Rather it should concentrate giving historical education to its own

people and not over stretched its hand to neighbors’ socio-political

issue. This impulsive reaction to the situation is impolitic and

avoidable.

UNLF is therefore advised not to poke its nose into NSCN business.

When UNLF yet to do proper homework to shake the consciousness of the

Indian authorities over its movement, there is no point taking the

course that is politically incorrect.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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Press Release

10th March 2009

MIP/GPRN:It is very unfortunate that a bomb explosion took place injuring two women and a girl at a place near Shikavi village. Our sympathy goes to

the three victims. It is however to be clarified that the explosion has nothing to do with IED/timer devices as made out by the Army. When

the Naga Army from GHQ went to the spot to investigate there was no such evidence to link to such dangerous devices. Closer examinations

points to the works of some miscreants. But it is disgusting to imagine the reason. The village GB of Shikavi and its Chairman

directed the Naga Army personnel to the spot where the explosion took place.

It is unbecoming for anybody to come to conclusion in hurry, pointing fingers at NSCN. Landmine is a dangerous device and resorting to

planting landmine is a crime against humanity. And NSCN will not go for such inhuman act under any circumstances.

Issued by

MIP/GPRN

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‘Govt. committed to Naga solution’

Kohima | March 10 :

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan today asserted that the state government remains firm in its commitment to facilitate a negotiated settlement of the Naga political problem. “My government will continue to act as an active facilitator in the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and Naga “political” groups, so that a lasting and durable settlement acceptable to the Naga people may be arrived at,” the governor said in his address on the first day of the 3rd session of 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly here.

In pursuance of this policy, the governor informed the assembly that the Political Affairs Committee of the DAN had convened the three-day Naga consultative meet at Kohima, which was attended by a number of overseas Nagas, representatives of political parties, hohos, prominent NGOs, churches and the Naga groups. The event was with the objective to exchanging views and suggestions to take forward the Naga political issue towards a peaceful resolution.

“My government also stands by our earlier commitment to pave the way for an alternative arrangement that may be necessary in the event of such a permanent settlement,” he said. The governor also thanked Naga civil society and the church for their efforts and contributions to the cause of reconciliation and unity  of the Naga family.

Sankaranarayanan appealed to the underground groups to listen to the voice of the people, to stop fratricidal killings and bloodshed, to sink their differences, and move towards reconciliation and unity.

The governor informed that there has been considerable improvement in the law and order situation of the state during the last one year of the government, especially since July last year. “The incidents of inter-factional clashes amongst the underground groups have also significantly reduced, thanks to the efforts of the churches, the NGOs, the civil societies, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, and also thanks to the restraint shown by the underground groups,” he said.

Sankaranarayanan also appreciated the security forces, the state police, state-level strategy groups and the district coordination groups, that they have also put in commendable efforts to maintain peace in the state.

Stating good governance to be the top agenda of the government, the governor said “a government that is transparent and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people will continue to be topmost on our agenda, and e-governance is being increasing introduced as one of the means to achieve this objective.”

Also stating that the district administration and the police represent the face of the government to the common man, the governor said every effort will be made to make the two organs of the government effective and result oriented.

He informed that the government was vigorously implementing the scheme for modernization of the police, with a view to make it more effective by equipping it with more modern weaponry, communication systems, transport facilities and imparting better training.

“My government is also in the process of raising a few special commando companies to enable our police to deal more effectively with the rising level of terrorist violence in the country,” he said.

Sankaranarayanan said the government had also recently framed and notified the Private Security Agencies (Nagaland) Rules, 2008, under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, to enable the setting up of private security agencies to provide security to banks, private firms, institutions and individuals etc who may need such protection.

Highlighting some of the achievements, the policies and programme of the government, he said “With peaceful conditions gradually returning to the state, and with the cooperation and support of the people who have given us a fresh mandate, I am hopeful and confident that we shall be able to translate our dreams and visions into reality, make our people happier and more prosperous, and our state a better place to live in.”

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Charter of demand should be made transparent: JD (U)

Dimapur, March 10 (MExN):

The president of the Nagaland State JD (U) in his paper presentation during the recent Naga consultative meet held recently has appealed that the charter of demands  made by the NSCN (IM) to the Government of India be made transparent to the Naga people. It was also appealed that  all the Naga “political” groups, both underground and mainstream, including prominent Naga citizens come to a common platform. After this, the common platform can minutely deliberate on the demands  and additions, deletions or modifications can be made if required. The JD (U) president S. Lima Temjen went on to suggest that once the charter of demands is reviewed and approved, the common platform should take the initiative as to how the charter of demands can be deliberated in the Indo-Naga talks and an amicable settlement made with the Government of India.

With regard to the Indo-Naga talks, the paper  stated, that due to the delay in arriving at a political settlement and the lack of transparency in the talks, the Naga public ‘is becoming doubtful and suspicious of the Indo-Naga talk’. “Today the world has become a global village and all nations and states have become interdependent on each other”, it stated. The paper  also called for the “spirit of accommodation” and “give and take”, pointing out that the spirit should prevail in the Indo-Naga talks as well. It also urged that the Naga factions to consolidate unity and fraternity among themselves to jointly endeavor for a common Naga political settlement.

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Press Release

11th March 2009

MIP/GPRN:

This refers to the “Charter of demand” as mentioned by the President of the Nagaland State JD9U) in his paper presentation during the recent Naga Consultative meet held at Kohima. The political meaning of “demand” has its own implication in the context of Indo-Naga political negotiation. We have consciously used the word “proposal” and therefore, “charter of proposals” placed before the GoI to find the meeting point for negotiation. We cannot undermine our position before the GoI by demanding anything from her. Ours is a legitimate issue and we are simply being opened minded for the sake of finding an honorable solution mutually acceptable to both. So, there should be no confusion of NSCN’s stand and the status it has been maintaining so far. And therefore, the word “demand” is misleading and politically incorrect in the context of the Nagas historical position.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Press Release

11th March 2009

MIP/GPRN:It has come to the notice that there is reckless collection of forest tax on timber by unauthorized groups from the public and from NSCN under different names like regions or battalions. Henceforth, no such activities will be allowed. And only Forest, Environment and Mineral (FEM) Ministry of GPRN has the authority to handle such tax collection. Defaulters will not be tolerated and severe action will follow.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

12 March 09

The unauthorized tax collections on timber by various groups have gone far enough to bring bad name to the government. It has also been noticed that fictitious organizations are exploiting the situation.

The manner of tax collecting tax has also become a cause for concern as the tax receipts speaks everything of the mockery that has been going on particularly in Jalukie area and other areas under UT-I and Zeliangrong Region.

The NSCN expresses anguish over the whole thing and corrective steps are being taken to stop the rot. The CAOs of all the regions are directed to take follow up action against all unauthorized tax collection on timber/firewood. The NSCN government is equally concern for the interest of the public and business groups dealing in timber.

Thus, the collection of tax on timber is henceforth centralized with immediate effect, and only the Ministry of Forest, Environment;

Mineral (FEM) will execute the collection in the name of the

government.

All existing groups involves in tax collection on timber are therefore declared illegal. Necessary action will follow against the defaulters.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Ceasefire in Naga areas under scrutiny

Dimapur | March 15 :

In a startling disclosure, a fact-finding team of eminent lawyers, constituted to look into the working of the ceasefire in Naga areas, has pointed out that as far back as June 2005, former chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group Lieutenant General (Retd) RV Kulkarni had approved Shirui area of Ukhrul district as a camp of the NSCN (IM).

“There is a correspondence between the former chairman CFMG and the joint secretary (NE) Union Home Ministry Mr Naveen Verma which clearly shows that the Shirui camp was approved after all the relevant authorities had been consulted”, stated the finding. The report also disclosed that it had in possession a letter dated February 6, 2007 which clearly stated that the “new location of the NSCN (IM) camp stands approved”.

The fact-finding team also observed that  the two recent incidents — one in Phek district in Nagaland state and the other at Shirui village, Ukhrul district of Manipur State — had threatened to break the ceasefire between the Government of India and the outfit.  The study also noted that the incident at Shirui had led to communal tensions between the Nagas and Meiteis. It was only because of the “timely intervention of the Naga people and their leaders that prevented the incidents from escalating into a war” the report said.

“We have been shocked to discover that there is absolutely no transparency with regard to the ceasefire monitoring mechanism and there is no mechanism for enforcing transparency”, stated the lawyers. The four lawyers Nandita Haksar, Timikha Koza, Sebastian Hongray and Edward Belho who undertook the study pointed out that the “counter-insurgency operations” was leading to a “dangerous politicization of the armed forces”.

The month-long study pointed out that the two incidents threw  up many “complex questions relating to rule of law, democracy and principles of good governance”. It was also informed that the team approached the issues “dispassionately”. In the course of its fact-finding work, the team had interviewed officers of the local administration, the Army and Assam Rifles’ PROs, villagers, eye witnesses to both the incidents and local leaders. Further, the team collected relevant documents, newspaper cuttings and memos.

On the all-important question of whether the Shirui camp was designated or not, the fact finding team went into details while attempting to find out facts of the matter. It pointed out that the “controversy over whether the Shirui camp was ‘designated’, ‘approved’ or ‘taken-note-of’ camp, had led to communal tensions between the Nagas and Meiteis”. For this matter the team decided to investigate.

The study team also said the NSCN (IM) had maintained Shirui camp to have been set up with the approval of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group chairman. After interviewing both local leaders and villagers besides the Assam Rifles with regard to the Shirui incident, the fact-finding team observed that the shifting of the camp to Shirui was done on the request of the Assam Rifles. In fact, it was found, the shift had taken place after negotiations, which involved the presence of the office bearers of the Tangkhul Naga Long.

It was also disclosed that the negotiation itself took place in the camp of the Assam Rifles from August 17 and the 21st, 2008. At the meeting, the report stated, the Additional DIG of the AR 10 Sector, the “CO” of the NSCN (IM) camp and the vice-president of the Tangkhul Naga Long were present.

The fact-finding team also observed that the Assam Rifles made “contradictory statements” on the Shirui camp (which were published in the media). For instance Major Shamsher Jung stated that the ceasefire between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India is applicable only to the state of Nagaland and did not extend to Manipur and so there could be no designated camps in Manipur. On the other hand Major Pallab Chowdhury, PRO of the Assam Rifles had told the fact-finding team that there were three camps called “location taken note of” in Manipur and this was the official position of the Union Home Ministry. However as far as the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defense was concerned there were no “taken note of” camps of the NSCN (IM) in Manipur. This was after the fact-finding team met Colonel Rajesh Mishra, PRO for the Indian Army stationed at Imphal, Manipur.

The team also met the chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group Lt Gen Mandhatha Singh at the Chumukedima Police Academy on March 10, 2009. On the Shirui incident the chairman told the team that his briefing did not include Manipur. He had also been told by the Ministry of Home that he had no jurisdiction over anything happening in Manipur “so he did not go to Shirui”.

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Ceasefire in Naga areas under scrutiny

‘Home Ministry Approved Shirui Camp’

Dimapur | March 15 :

In a startling disclosure, a fact-finding team of eminent lawyers, constituted to look into the working of the ceasefire in Naga areas, has pointed out that as far back as June 2005, former chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group Lieutenant General (Retd) RV Kulkarni had approved Shirui area of Ukhrul district as a camp of the NSCN (IM).

“There is a correspondence between the former chairman CFMG and the joint secretary (NE) Union Home Ministry Mr Naveen Verma which clearly shows that the Shirui camp was approved after all the relevant authorities had been consulted”, stated the finding. The report also disclosed that it had in possession a letter dated February 6, 2007 which clearly stated that the “new location of the NSCN (IM) camp stands approved”.

The fact-finding team also observed that  the two recent incidents — one in Phek district in Nagaland state and the other at Shirui village, Ukhrul district of Manipur State — had threatened to break the ceasefire between the Government of India and the outfit.  The study also noted that the incident at Shirui had led to communal tensions between the Nagas and Meiteis. It was only because of the “timely intervention of the Naga people and their leaders that prevented the incidents from escalating into a war” the report said.

“We have been shocked to discover that there is absolutely no transparency with regard to the ceasefire monitoring mechanism and there is no mechanism for enforcing transparency”, stated the lawyers. The four lawyers Nandita Haksar, Timikha Koza, Sebastian Hongray and Edward Belho who undertook the study pointed out that the “counter-insurgency operations” was leading to a “dangerous politicization of the armed forces”.

The month-long study pointed out that the two incidents threw  up many “complex questions relating to rule of law, democracy and principles of good governance”. It was also informed that the team approached the issues “dispassionately”. In the course of its fact-finding work, the team had interviewed officers of the local administration, the Army and Assam Rifles’ PROs, villagers, eye witnesses to both the incidents and local leaders. Further, the team collected relevant documents, newspaper cuttings and memos.

On the all-important question of whether the Shirui camp was designated or not, the fact finding team went into details while attempting to find out facts of the matter. It pointed out that the “controversy over whether the Shirui camp was ‘designated’, ‘approved’ or ‘taken-note-of’ camp, had led to communal tensions between the Nagas and Meiteis”. For this matter the team decided to investigate.

The study team also said the NSCN (IM) had maintained Shirui camp to have been set up with the approval of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group chairman. After interviewing both local leaders and villagers besides the Assam Rifles with regard to the Shirui incident, the fact-finding team observed that the shifting of the camp to Shirui was done on the request of the Assam Rifles. In fact, it was found, the shift had taken place after negotiations, which involved the presence of the office bearers of the Tangkhul Naga Long.

It was also disclosed that the negotiation itself took place in the camp of the Assam Rifles from August 17 and the 21st, 2008. At the meeting, the report stated, the Additional DIG of the AR 10 Sector, the “CO” of the NSCN (IM) camp and the vice-president of the Tangkhul Naga Long were present.

The fact-finding team also observed that the Assam Rifles made “contradictory statements” on the Shirui camp (which were published in the media). For instance Major Shamsher Jung stated that the ceasefire between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India is applicable only to the state of Nagaland and did not extend to Manipur and so there could be no designated camps in Manipur. On the other hand Major Pallab Chowdhury, PRO of the Assam Rifles had told the fact-finding team that there were three camps called “location taken note of” in Manipur and this was the official position of the Union Home Ministry. However as far as the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defense was concerned there were no “taken note of” camps of the NSCN (IM) in Manipur. This was after the fact-finding team met Colonel Rajesh Mishra, PRO for the Indian Army stationed at Imphal, Manipur.

The team also met the chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group Lt Gen Mandhatha Singh at the Chumukedima Police Academy on March 10, 2009. On the Shirui incident the chairman told the team that his briefing did not include Manipur. He had also been told by the Ministry of Home that he had no jurisdiction over anything happening in Manipur “so he did not go to Shirui”.

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NSCN (K) attacks NSCN (IM) Camp in Tirap

Dimapur, March 15 (MExN):

Reports have been received that armed cadres of the “NSCN (K)” undertook a ‘consecutive attack’ on rival NSCN (IM) cadres on March 12 in different places in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. Four NSCN (IM) cadres have been claimed as killed while two have been seriously injured according to a functionary who identified himself as a “deputy kilonser, MIP of NSCN-K.”

Informing this office in the evening, the “deputy kilonser MIP, NSCN (K)” P Tikhak said that the “NSCN (K)” cadres attacked the NSCN (IM) cadres ‘consecutively in Maktua, Lamchan, and Langpu and Tingsa villages ’in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. He maintained four casualties on the NSCN (IM), including a “raja peyu” identified as one Kepo besides seriously injuring two. He also said that they recovered 2 AK 47 rifles, 1 M 16 rifle and 1 LMG from the slain rival cadres, he claimed.

Giving a brief background behind the factional fight, Tikhak informed that the offensives against the NSCN (IM) cadres was in retaliation of the killing of one “political organizer” on December 1 at Nginu village in Tirap district. It was also in retaliation for the ‘rampant extortion’ being carried out in Tirap and Changlan districts of Arunachal Pradesh ‘even while there is the reconciliation process going on in Nagaland’.

“Either they will have to surrender…or they will have to leave,” asserted Tikhak, “We will clear the IM out”.  He also said that around 160 “NSCN (K)” cadres are camping in Tirap area to challenge the NSCN (IM) cadres.

However, on the other hand, the NSCN (IM) has blamed on the “NSCN (K)” and asserted that the “NSCN (K) boys started firing upon the Naga army at Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh on 13 March 2009”. “Things were about to turn ugly had NSCN/GPRN higher authority not gave restraining order to the Naga Army respecting the wishes and aspiration of the people,” the NSCN (IM) asserted in a note issued through its ‘MIP’. Besides, the note stated, “the recent provocative actions of the K-boys against the Naga army are totally uncalled for when the Nagas from every nook and cranny are anxiously watching the Nagas reconciliation process”.

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PFUTSERO- SHIRUI INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS EVIDENCE TO DISPROVE AR CLAIM

KOHIMA, MAR 14 [EMN] :

A month long fact-finding investigation by a team of lawyers at Shirui in Ukhrul, Manipur, and Pfutsero, Phek, has revealed flaws in the functioning of the Cease Fire Monitoring mechanism between the Government of India (GoI) and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM).

As also contradictions in the stand of the GoI which led to the recent unfortunate incidents between the outfit and the Security Forces. It has uncovered clear evidence of the existence of a designated camp in Manipur which had been vociferously denied by the Security Forces as well as the Manipur government. he team includes eminent rights activist Nandita Haksar, Timikha Koza, Sebastian Hongray and Edward Belho.

Briefing media persons at Hotel Japfü in Kohima on Saturday, Haksar said their investigations have found that the stand of the Security Forces did not conform to the laid down Ground Rules. Consequently, conflicting reports were fed to the media leading to claims and counter claims, she said. The abduction of an AR captain along with five jawans supposed to be on a routine patrol by NSCN-IM cadres. However, two days later DG AR Lt Gen KS Yadav regretted the incident as ‘unfortunate’ and informed the media that the same had been ‘amicably settled’.

Again from January 19 to February 2, 2009, AR forces surrounded the NSCN camp in Shirui village in Ukhrul district of Manipur. The NSCN had claimed that the camp was set up with the approval of the CFMG chairman. However, the AR was not convinced. Moreover, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had stated that in the absence of any ceasefire in the state of Manipur there was no designated camp of NSCN-IM on its soil. But the team produced a copy of a secret letter (No CFMG/IM/2007 – 1566 dated 6.2.2007) from Lt General Kulkarni (Retd) to Naveen Verma, Joint Secretary (North East) Ministry of Home, in support of the approval of the NSCN IM designated camp inside Manipur, thus clearly pointing to a contradiction in the Government of India’s stand. The approval of the camp was informed to the NSCN-IM beforehand in 2005.

The fact-finding team also met present CFMG chairman Lt Gen Mandhata Singh at Police Academy, Chumukedima, on March 10, 2009. It may be recalled that Singh had diffused a similar ugly situation near Camp Hebron in Dimapur, Nagaland. He is stated to have said that Manipur is not included in his brief as per Ministry of Home Affairs’ directives while adding that he was new and there was no briefing by the outgoing CFMG chairman, Lt Gen RV Kulkarni. He reportedly said he was not aware of the past history as his job is to monitor the present Ceasefire Ground Rules.

Presenting these findings, the team has stated that the ceasefire monitoring groups have to device better ways for effective enforcement of the ceasefire ground rules while also urging a ceasefire between different underground groups so that the inter-factional clashes are not used as a justification for either further militarization of the region or for a tool for divide and rule policy.

Recommendations of fact-finding team

1. The ceasefire monitoring mechanism be made more transparent by keeping records of the decisions of the CFMG, record of apologies made and commitments given. In addition, all guidelines, rules and regulations be signed by the parties and made available in the public domain.

2. The ceasefire be officially extended without territorial limit with an explicit cause to indicate that the extension of Ceasefire is a purely administrative measure and has no political connotations or implications.

3. Ceasefire between different underground groups be declared so that the inter-factional clashes are not used as a justification for either further militarization of the region or for a tool for divide and rule policy.

4. The ceasefire monitoring groups have to device better ways for effective enforcement of the ceasefire ground rules.

5. The media should evolve guidelines for itself so that it is not used as an instrument for counter insurgency or for spreading disinformation

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

16 March 2009.

The attention of the NSCN/GPRN is drawn to the news article appeared

in the local newspaper dated 16 March 2009, with the caption “NSF

flays threat issued to officers”. The role play by the NSF in

eradicating the malpractices in the day to day functioning is highly

laudable. The NSCN/GPRN appreciates and further encourages the NSF in

playing the role of a vigilant watchdog for bringing transformative

changes is our Naga society. And NSCN/GPRN shall never stand in the

way whenever such noble endeavor is carried on.

While appreciating the NSF in courageously exposing the involvement of

Naga national workers in issuing threats to the investigating agency

into the bogus appointment of teachers under the department of school

education, the NSCN/GPRN makes its position very clear that such

involvement are without the knowledge of the government and therefore

did for their own individual interest. The authority shall take

corrective measures so that similar things do not repeat in the

future.

NSCN/GPRN assures its support and urged the NSF to continue with its mission.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

16 March 2009.

The attention of the NSCN/GPRN is drawn to the news article appeared

in the local newspaper dated 16 March 2009, with the caption “NSF

flays threat issued to officers”. The role play by the NSF in

eradicating the malpractices in the day to day functioning is highly

laudable. The NSCN/GPRN appreciates and further encourages the NSF in

playing the role of a vigilant watchdog for bringing transformative

changes is our Naga society. And NSCN/GPRN shall never stand in the

way whenever such noble endeavor is carried on.

While appreciating the NSF in courageously exposing the involvement of

Naga national workers in issuing threats to the investigating agency

into the bogus appointment of teachers under the department of school

education, the NSCN/GPRN makes its position very clear that such

involvement are without the knowledge of the government and therefore

did for their own individual interest. The authority shall take

corrective measures so that similar things do not repeat in the

future.

NSCN/GPRN assures its support and urged the NSF to continue with its mission.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

16 March 2009.

The NSCN/GPRN is constrained to make our position very clear that the

ceasefire ground rules laid down between the two separate entities

cannot be unilaterally set aside by either of the parties under any

circumstances.

The NSCN/GPRN does not come within the purview of the Election

Commission of India and therefore shall not have any overriding effect

on the ceasefire ground rules by the code of conduct issued by

Election Commission of India. The NSCN/GPRN has nothing to do with the

Indian elections and hence any provisions/clauses that contained in

the mutually agreed ceasefire ground rules cannot be held in abeyance

due to conduct of Indian elections.

The directive of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group memo No:

CFMG/IM/2009-1826, dated. 6 March 2009 is in imposition and therefore

not acceptable to the NSCN/GPRN.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

16 March 2009.

The attack on the NSCN cadres at Tirap by the combine forces of

Khaplang, UNLF and ULFA is something very discomforting given the

ground situation where the three groups are simply losing track of

their revolutionary vision, pointing their guns at the wrong

direction. For the Khaplang group there is no need for further probing

in attacking NSCN. Their restlessness to settle score with NSCN is

history and the fact that they were nurtured and armed to

counter-weight the NSCN is also history. But what is so demeaning is

the involvement of UNLF and ULFA in taking side with Khaplang against

NSCN. Where are they heading for by joining with the very group whose

revolutionary credentials no long exist after they allowed themselves

to be used by the Indian intelligence agencies like IB, RAW and MI.

This is ridiculously suicidal for these two high profile revolutionary

groups of North east.

When the combine forces of around 100 attacked NSCN at Maktua,

Lamchan, Longpu and Tingsa villages 2 cadres died, and in the

retaliatory  fire Khaplang group led forces also suffered 2 dead. One

arm was also captured by NSCN. One NSCN cadre suffered injuries. There

is no lost of arms as reported in local papers.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

PRESS RELEASE

17 March 2009.

The attack on the NSCN cadres at Tirap in Arunachal by the combine forces of Khaplang, UNLF and ULFA is something very discomforting given the ground situation where the three groups are simply losing track of their revolutionary vision, pointing their guns at the wrong direction. For the Khaplang group there is no need for further probing in attacking NSCN. Their restlessness to settle score with NSCN is

history and the fact that they were nurtured and armed to counter-weight the NSCN is also history. But what is so demeaning is the involvement of UNLF and ULFA in taking side with Khaplang against NSCN. Where are they heading for by joining with the very group whose revolutionary credentials no long exist after they allowed themselves to be used by the Indian intelligence agencies like IB, RAW and MI. This is ridiculously suicidal for these two high profile revolutionary groups of North east.

When the combine forces of around 100 attacked NSCN at Maktua,Lamchan, Longpu and Tingsa villages 2 cadres died, and in the retaliatory  fire Khaplang group led forces also suffered 2 dead. One arm was also captured by NSCN. One NSCN cadre suffered injuries. There is no lost of arms as reported in local papers. Whenever the issue of reconciliation is raised in different occasions NSCN has always been receptive to such unification process but realistic at the same time. Because time and again Khaplang group has been sheltering and using the non-Naga groups like Manipur’s UNLF and Assam’s ULFA again NSCN. The Tirap attack is just one incident. The solution to UNLF and ULFA’s problem is not at the hands of NSCN. But these two groups with diminishing political credibility is going the way of anti-revolutionary by not making the right impact against India to evoke government’s attention. In the world of revolution not at all the groups could project the correct image, other than turning more as a spent force making themselves vulnerable to any counter-revolutionary mission that serve the interest of India. If Khaplang group is not doing India’s bidding where is their business to use UNLF and ULFA? And who can trust them, even if they show their face in the attempt to find reconciliation.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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PRESS RELEASE

17 March 2009.

MIP/GPRN:Sgt/Major Sony of Naga Army from Tanrui village, WTR died after a prolong illness at her village. She was enrolled in the Ladies Unit,

Naga Army in 1999. She was also attached with the General Field Training Department (GFTD) Naga Army for a short while.

In her dead the Naga Army and the nation lost a dedicated national worker, and NSWON expresses condolence and grief. For the service

rendered for the nation the history will give her a place to honor her. In the world of revolution to free Nagalim from India and Mynmar

suppression, dead always come as a source of inspiration. And many would follow the footsteps of those who sacrifice their lives for the

cause of the nation. May God give strength and solace to the bereaved family members of Sgt/Major Sony.

Issued by:

Secretary,

National Socialist Women Organization of Nagalim (NSWON)

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PRESS RELEASE

18 March 2009.

MIP/GPRN:

In keeping with the people’s interest to preserve any property that reflects the Naga’s rich cultural heritage and the future development for the future development of Nagalim, the Naharbari Padam Pukhri and Purana Bazar Padam Pukhri, and its surrounding lands have been nationalized. Encroachment in any manner, either for residential or commercial purposes are strictly prohibited. Any person found violating this ordinance will be doing so at his/her own risk. Considered to be common property of all who attached historical significance to this beautiful site, co-operation is sought from all people to keep intact these two land –marks of Dimapur. Let us therefore keep and maintain our lands for the future that is ours.

Forewarning of serious action against anyone who dare to defy this

order, no responsibility shall bear with the government for the action

taken.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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PRESS RELEASE

18 March 2009.

MIP/GPRN:Sergeant Kholi Mao was killed on 17th March at Liphi village, Wokha by the K-group. He is from Thungbo Brigade and was on line of duty when

the incident took place. He hailed from Shajouba village, Tadubisub-division.sergeant Kholi died with a brave heart, never turning

away once given the duty. And he was killed while facing the K-group.May his soul rest in peace for having served the nation till the last

drop of his blood. NSCN and the Naga nation expresses grief for losing such a dedicated national worker. His work of sacrifice for the nation

will live on to inspires many. Certainly, he will find a place of honor in the history of the Naga nation.

May God give solace and comfort to the bereaved family members. They have given their son for the nation and the Naga people shall remained

proud of them.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Press Release

18th March 2009

MIP/GPRN:Lance Corporal Rockyson Tangkhul of Tasom Christain village, Ukhrul district was abducted by K-group from Khel Mahal Dimapur area, at

around 12 noon today and shot dead after taking him to the Assam side tea garden. Rockyson left Hebron early morning for Dimapur and went to

Khel Mahal to meet his friend. He was forcibly pushed into a zen Maruti car. He was blindfolded and his hands tied.

Lance Corporal Rockyson is attached with former WTR CAO-in-charge and Steering Committee Member V.Horam. They were on official visit to CHQ

few weeks ago. The dead body will be taken to his native village.

Nscn and the Naga nation expresses shock and anguish over the cold blooded killing. A young Naga Army whose service for the nation was

cut short by the cowards belonging to anti-Naga group. May his soul reach his birth place in peace and the bereaved family members be

comforted by God. He will be remembered by the Naga people for the service rendered.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

19th March 2009

The ground reality in the Lapnan village at Khonsa Town of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh smack of duplicity on the part of the Security forces involving the 19th Assam Rifles, Dogra Regiment and CRPF. For the last 3 days the K-group in collusion with Manipur People’s Army (MPA) ULFA and Kachin Independent Army (KIA) has been harassing the public in the Lapnan village. They were demanding the villagers to supply them rice, pig, mobile handset etc. But when the villagers could not take pressure anymore the men-folk were compelled to flee the area for their own security leaving the women behind to fend for themselves. Ultimately, they also approached the government

for help. But their plea to the district administration, including the Assam Rifles at Khonsa and CRPF evoked no response.

Responding to the call of the situation the Naga Army stationed in the area was compelled to launch rescue operation at around 3 am today for the helpless villagers. In the action that followed 3 of the members belonging to these four groups were shot dead on the spot and injuring many others. The Naga army can never forsake the innocent public when attacked by the marauding forces.

But the most unbecoming of the situation is the cold-hearted response from the AR, CRPF and Dogra Regiment. These government forces turned their faces the other way when apprised of the nuisance created by the MPA, ULFA, KIA and K-gang. In the eye of the government of India and as proved by theirs acts of terrorism, these groups are as good as any terrorist groups across the world. But the way the government agencies

treated the villagers as sub-human beings not worth giving any security attention has come as most hurting to the villagers.

On the contrary, these government forces were busy giving medical treatment to the injured terrorist elements. This has given rise to India’s new face of sponsoring terrorism to counter NSCN. Indian’s much hyped campaign against terrorism cannot be taken at face value,given the terrorizing activities indulged by Manipur’s MPA, Assam’s ULFA, Nagaland’s K-group and Burma’s KIA in Arunachal Pradesh and India not reacting in the manner it always tried to project. The role of Dogra Regiment at Deomali area, Tirap district leaves much to be desired. Rather than going after the terrorist groups who have become a source of terror for the public, they started meddling in the

peaceful affairs of the area forcing the NSCN Town Command to leave the place. This is ridiculous and only exposed the face of India’s insincerity and duplicity in dealing with Northeast issue, particularly of Naga’s under NSCN.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

19th March 2009

The Nagas will be celebrating the 29th Republic Day, and accordingly, hectic preparation is on at GHQ Hebron. But the Assam Rifles were busy coming so near the camp to cause another irritant to the NSCN. There was no reason for them to be around the road to Hebron other than to play foolhardiness against the sentiments of the Naga people in general and NSCN in particular. This kind of provocation is uncalled for and NSCN expresses strong displeasure against AR for deliberately making their presence felt in the area where the situation never

warranted.

An appeal to the AR-leave the Naga in peace to celebrate the Republic Day and the world will respect you. Provoke the Nagas and the world will certainly question you (AR). But at the end of the day it is the democratic standard of India that will suffer the most. And in the long run the AR will gain the notoriety as the rogue para-military forces.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Press Release

21 March 2009

MIP/GPRN:What more to say about the duplicity of the K-group. Those days of abduction and killing when the deception of highest degree in the name

of unification that cast a dark shadow in Naga history is being brought back. Just few days after the K-boys abducted and killed one

Lance Corporal Rockyson Tangkhul of Naga Army, another Sgt.Maj. Mazithuibou, Chaplain of  NP. Battalion, Naga Army along with a public

Kangpung from Maram Bazar, Senapati Dist. was abducted on 19th March from the Sumo stand near old NST station. They were confirmed to have

been taken to Khehoi camp.

This is an exasperating experience for the NSCN and the Civil Societies should question the rationality of this viciousness. This is

also an act of cowardice, an alien culture introduced by the K-group. Everything about the consciousness- raising on the reconciliation

issue will come naught under this situation forced on the NSCN and the Nagas.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

23rd March 2009

More often than not the relationship between NSCN and AR are marked by bitter exchange of recriminations. One thing has led to another and

the relationship went downhill after Phutzero incident. The Shirui incident that followed was nothing more than AR madness to settle

score with NSCN to undo the lost of face at the hands of Naga Army of NSCN at Pfutzero. But for the NSCN withdrawing from Shirui after 14

days stand-off was a travesty of justice because the shirui camp had been set up with the approval of the armed forces and the Chairman of

the Ceasefire Monitoring Group Chairman Lt.Gen.(Retd) RV. Kulkarni. But the impropriety of AR never stops and their fallacious argument

against NSCN continues.

The recalcitrant attitude of AR towards NSCN has been horrendously irritating. But a time comes when the AR went extreme to run afoul of

any ethical standard. Clan-des-tine relationship was established with the very groups they (AR) have put their stamp of approval as

anti-social or terrorist. Going by the current world campaign against terrorism the AR’s collaborating with the terrorist group is a

cardinal sin. But to run down on NSCN the AR is willing to do anybody’s bidding. The Nagas watched appalled as the AR were never

chastened because their “god- father in Home Ministry refused to be guided by the voice of conscience under the changed  scheme of

political settlement put under process by signing the historic 2nd Indo-Naga ceasefire in August 1997.

What is going on the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh exposed the incontrovertible evidence of AR’s animosity towards NSCN. But more

than that it nullifies the much hyped Indian’s war against terrorism. India’s proxy war against NSCN is getting obnoxiously demeaning. This

time round the GoI will have much to explain with regards to Arunachal situation. To confront the NSCN in Tirap the AR have joined forces

with not only K-group but invited Manipur’s People’s Army (MPA), Assam’s ULFA and Burma’s Kachin Independent Army (KIA) but in the

guise of K-group cadres. These combine forces in recent weeks were a source of nuisance to the villagers in Lapnan Village in Tirap. They

not only harassed the public but drained their meager economic resources when they were forced to contribute in the form of rice, pig

and even mobile handsets. Fearing abduction the menfolk left the village and reported the matter to the AR authorities. But the AR’s

were not the least bothered to listen to their woes. Eventually the situation turned for the worst when the Naga Army has to launch

operation against the marauding forces of ULFA, MPA, KIA and K-group. But instead of trying to identify the terrorist groups the AR show

their discriminating character by openly taking side with the very groups they have been fighting in Assam, Manipur and Indo-Burma

border. This reflects the AR’s overriding aim to suppress the NSCN at any cost, using inconceivable forces. This is the absurdity of the

situation in Tirap at the hand of the terrorist groups with AR backing them. The outlandish idea of AR is going the way of any terrorist

groups in North east. But for the Home Ministry’s intelligence agencies morality does not exist and they will go on instigating

K-group to align with any terrorist groups just for the heck of countering the NSCN.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

24th March 2009

There is confusion among the Kukis in connection with the Kuki Tribal Union (KTU) and the propaganda spread by KNA/KNO. This is the issue that is being hotly discussed among the Kukis and the K.T.U. is asserting its political significance from the historical perspective. But what is disturbing the Kukis the most is the force used by the KNA/KNO to gag the KTU and forcibly declared it abolished. But the ground reality is not working out as planned by KNA/KNO. To begin the campaign against KTU the KNA/KNO on 16th Feb. 2009 at 10am. abducted the President of the KTU Paohao Kongsai along with one Assistant Political Organizer (APO) Janglet from Jaolen and Mongkot Chipu respectively. They were taken to an isolated place and severely tortured. They were then forced to issue a statement in the local papers that KTU is abolished. Having done this they were forced to pay Rs. 2 lacs to get them released. After the money was paid by the well wishers of KTU they were set free.

The allegation of KNA/KNO against KTU is that it is being by the NSCN to extort   money. But this was refuted by KTU as baseless and unfounded. The KTU asserted that KTO never extorted money, nor the NSCN entrusted them to extort money. NSCN only collect its due government tax and nothing more than that.

KTU reminded that the Kukis are very much part of the Naga freedom movement. In this connection it may be mentioned that Pu Lengjang Kuki signed in the historic Memorandum Submitted to the Simon Commission in 1929 in the name of the Naga Club. The memorandum categorically stated to leave the Nagas alone as before when the British left India. Following the footprints of Kuki political visionary some of the Kuki leaders had organized the KTU in 1965 under the aegis of the NNC. The message behind the KTU is that the Nagas and Kukis are inseparable communities touching many aspects. And they ought to live together harmoniously.

Following the dead of NNC after the Shillong Accord in 1975, the KTU was inactive for some years. But in the years that followed the KTU was convinced of the NSCN’s policy program which can save the future of the Nagas and Kukis. So, KTU was revived once again and given due recognition by NSCN as a tribe in Nagalim. Since then the Kukis under KTU have been working heart and soul for the interest of the Kuki people. KTU regretted that the KNA/KNO before it achieve anything for the Kukis has entered into surrendered agreement though “Suspension of Operation” (SoO) with the government of Manipur under the following terms and conditions:

1. The KNA/KNO has accepted the Indian constitution.

2. The KNA/KNO has also committed to maintain Manipur territorial integrity.

3. The KNA/KNO shall not demand separate Homeland.

4. The KNA/KNO shall stay in designated camps and enjoy Rs.2000/- per month.

This has been strongly ridiculed by KTU and questioned the political agenda of the KNA/KNO for the Kukis. The KNA/KNO has already compromised the very rights upon which the organization was formed. This is a total betrayal to the Kukis. According to the terms of the SOO they have to remain silent in designated camps by enjoying their monthly salary.

Despite the setback caused by the KNA/KNO the KTU is determined to carry on the movement to fulfill the interest and aspirations of the Kuki people, and for this the KTU have made its stand very clear that they will work side by side with NSCN to save the Kuki people and their land.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

25th March 2009

No revolutionary movement anywhere in the world begins with public harassment. Any revolutionary organization that claimed to be people’s movement tried to earn people’s sympathy and not go the way to bulldoze people’s sentiments. The current happening in Lapnam and Lajo in Khonsa district of Arunachal Pradesh smack of anti-social groups invading the villages to loot and disturb the whole socio-economic set-up. To make the matter worse the security forces, particularly the Assam Rifles are not doing anything to come to the rescue of the people.

After the fighting started in March 12 when the combine forces of K-group, ULFA, MPA and KIA comes under attack by Naga Army of NSCN for creating public nuisance and harassing the villagers by way of extorting cash and properties of the Lapnam villagers, the village settlements was in total disarray. Tension has been mounting with the men folk leaving the villages as they are already on a collision course with the marauding forces. With no help or protection coming from the 19 Assam Rifles located just 10 Km away from Khonsa town the Naga Army was placed in a situation where they have to exercise and shoulder heavy responsibility to come to the rescue of the villagers. Clashes have started at Maklua, Lamchan, Langpu and Tingsa. In the next attack that followed at Lapnam Naga Army killed three of the combine forces on the spot and injuring many.

But after facing the pressure from Naga Army at Lapnam, the combine forces numbering around 80 have shifted to Lajo but the villagers are already bearing the full brunt. The villagers are forced to shell out anything of value like finger ring, and ear ring, necklace if they could not pay in cash. Many houses were destroyed, including schools. Leaving them in such a state of shock the helpless villagers are approaching the Naga Army for protection, as they have lost hope in security forces. In and around the area, the presence of 3 Dogra Regiment, 36 battalion of CRPF and 19 Assam Rifles are visibly seen. But for the villagers these forces are of no use, after their repeated appeals for protection proved futile. Instead, they are turning to Naga Army. In the meantime most of the affluent families have shifted to the state capital to escape the torment of the forces led by K-group and KIA with ULFA and Manipur’s MPA actively involved. These groups are moving from village to village extorting, and the Assam Rifles stationed at Noklo not doing anything to intervene.

On the part of the state government it was in quandary dealing with the anti-social groups. Compelled by the worsening situation and in consultation with the Home Ministry the area covering the Khonsa district has been placed under the “draconian “Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). But despite this move, the Assam Rifles are yet to wake up to stand by the side of the villagers. This has become the turning point for the villagers, forcing the rich families to escape to Itanagar.

This is the plight of the Lajo, the latest victim of the K-group, MPA, ULFA and KIA looting spree to make their presence felt.

But the biggest question is- why the Para-military forces in the troubled areas are not countering the groups as pleaded by the locals? The suspicious behavior and passive role played by the central forces have aroused deep sense of indignation in the public psyche.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

25th March 2009

No revolutionary movement anywhere in the world begins with public harassment. Any revolutionary organization that claimed to be people’s movement tried to earn people’s sympathy and not go the way to bulldoze people’s sentiments. The current happening in Lapnam and Lajo in Khonsa district of Arunachal Pradesh smack of anti-social groups invading the villages to loot and disturb the whole socio-economic set-up. To make the matter worse the security forces, particularly the Assam Rifles are not doing anything to come to the rescue of the people.

After the fighting started in March 12 when the combine forces of K-group, ULFA, MPA and KIA comes under attack by Naga Army of NSCN for creating public nuisance and harassing the villagers by way of extorting cash and properties of the Lapnam villagers, the village settlements was in total disarray. Tension has been mounting with the menfolk leaving the villages as they are already on a collision course with the marauding forces. With no help or protection coming from the 19 Assam Rifles located just 10 Km away from Khonsa town the Naga Army was placed in a situation where they have to exercise and shoulder heavy responsibility to come to the rescue of the villagers. Clashes have started at Maklua, Lamchan, Langpu and Tingsa. In the next attack that followed at Lapnam Naga Army killed three of the combine forces on the spot and injuring many.

But after facing the pressure from Naga Army at Lapnam, the combine forces numbering around 80 have shifted to Lajo but the villagers are already bearing the full brunt. The villagers are forced to shell out anything of value like finger ring, and ear ring, necklace if they could not pay in cash. Many houses were destroyed, including schools. Leaving them in such a state of shock the helpless villagers are approaching the Naga Army for protection, as they have lost hope in security forces. In and around the area, the presence of 3 Dogra regiment, 36 battalion of CRPF and 19 Assam Rifles are visibly seen. But for the villagers these forces are of no use, after their repeated appeals for protection proved futile. Instead, they are turning to Naga Army. In the meantime most of the affluent families have shifted to the state capital to escape the torment of the forces led by K-group and KIA with ULFA and Manipur’s MPA actively involved. These groups are moving from village to village extorting, and the Assam Rifles stationed at Noklo not doing anything to intervene.

On the part of the state government it was in quandary dealing with the anti-social groups. Compelled by the worsening situation and in consultation with the Home Ministry the area covering the Khonsa district has been placed under the “draconian “Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). But despite this move, the Assam Rifles are yet to wake up to stand by the side of the villagers. This has become the turning point for the villagers, forcing the rich families to escape to Itanagar.

This is the plight of the Lajo, the latest victim of the K-group, MPA, ULFA and KIA looting spree to make their presence felt.

But the biggest question is- why the Para-military forces in the troubled areas are not countering the groups as pleaded by the locals? The suspicious behavior and passive role played by the central forces have aroused deep sense of indignation in the public psyche.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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“Four Nagas killed in NC Hills”

Newmai News Network

Imphal, Mar 26:

Four Nagas have been killed in Assam’s NC Hills area by the Dimasa people and injured many others in the last few days, according to the Zeliangrong Baudi.

Expressing great con-cern over the this act of ag- gression, killing and violen- ce meted out by the Dimasa people against the Nagas in the North Cachar (NC) Hills in Assam, the Zeliangrong Baudi, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (ZB-AMN) has called for ‘respect’ from the Dimasa for peaceful co-existence in the area. It also appealed the Governments of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland for taking up immediate measure and to extend all possible help.

ZB-AMN informed that the act of the Dimasa (Ka-chari) in the North Cachar Hills in Assam has affected atleast nine villages in the area viz. Takluaram, P. Bau- reneu, Puateujam, Nrim-banglua, Hegualua, Heu- wangbaram, Himraichak, N. Baureneu and Guiluang who have been driven out from their village and had to settle somewhere. The press statement also informed that the villagers had to evacuate their villages after four of their villages were killed by the Dimasa in the past one week and many were critically injured and added that the ZB (AMN) has taken seri-ous note of the condition.

K Ningtangpou, presi-dent of the Zeliangrong Baudi further informed the Naga people of the NC Hills have been settling there since time immemorial with-out any interference from neighbouring communities and that they are a peace lo-ving people. However, the act of the Dimasa aga-inst the people of the area, most-ly the Zeliangrong commu- nity, has ‘evil intention to drive out’ the Nagas so that they could settle in the land of the Nagas in the NC Hills, alleged the president. The president also asserted that the act of the Dimasa would have an ugly consequence unless the Dimasa do not come to their senses and stated the youths of the Nagas will be compelled to protect their own people and land in this juncture. K Ningtangpou also informed that shelte-ring at safe places in Tou- sem area of Manipur and in some areas of Nagaland and that there was an immediate need for relief such as food, clothe and life saving medicines.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Press Release

29th March 2009

Blind imitation under the stolen name of NSCN/GPRN/Naga Army. But the public are not that naive. Let it be known that the K-groups survival strength is base on craft and nothing else. And above everything else they are master of playing communal cards to divide the Nagas on the line instigated by their god fathers in Home Ministry’s IB,RAW and MI. this is the most effective weapon in the hands of the GoI, and it has used it with great precision. And the Nagas are learning the hard way the colors of different groups that called themselves Naga national groups. But actions speak louder than words, and creating a web of deceit will be counterproductive for the Naga’s interest as a whole.

The stories of  Tirap and Changlang districts in Arunachal Pradesh have never been pleasant. And those are the days when K-groups along with Assam’s ULFA and Manipur’s UNLF used the local people of these two districts in the most inhuman manner. They are in many ways given subhuman treatment. Atrocities are daily affairs. The villagers of  Longphony, Borduria, Kaimi, Ozokho, Panituria, Panchaw, Khokla, Makto and Kothung villages are the villages that experienced the severest trial of humiliation  and insult at the hands of these forces who claimed to be people’s revolutionary groups. But their presences in the area were a terrible torment. Any show of resistance by the villagers was responded with instant killing. Mention may be made of the killing of Homrit Matey of New Panituria village, Meywang of Panituria village, Azing Wangham, Chief of Panchaw village, Lemwang Wangsu, chief of Khokla village, Sevok Atoa, Chief of maktu village, Kina Wate, GB of Kothung village, Phawang Wangham, Chief of Langphony village, Phawang Laytey of  Borduria village (public leader), Wangkhon Lawang of  Borduria, Malung  Donglak of Kaimi village and Wangjo Hosai of  Kaimi village. The list goes on. Beside, many children were also killed.

One PWD Assistant Engineer from Pasighat was killed by these K-group led marauders at Rongping village. Rape also took place in Chas village. The ULFA and ULFA also used the Tirap for their passage to the Myanmar border. The villages are forcibly used as laborers. The cries of the village authorities to security forces evoked no response, and the social crime of disgrace and suppression continued with impurity. A time comes when the people of Tirap and Changlang approached NSCN to come to their rescue. Naga Army of NSCN does not take time to study the plight of the people, and action was launched swiftly to throw out the anti-social groups from the area. There was respite for more than ten years. Developmental activities also started. And there was cordial atmosphere in the area. Coming under the heat of army pressure in their home bases, the ULFA and UNLF are finding the going too tough to operate in Assam and Manipur. But for the K-group this change of security threat to ULFA and UNLF comes as a blessing in order to counterweight the NSCN in Arunachal Pradesh. For the villagers it is the return of terrorism, and the picture of back to terrorist acts is already seen in plenty.

Enigmatically, the security forces are sitting pretty doing nothing to stand by the side of the villagers. They are rather found to be working in collaboration with K-group and its partner groups. The atrocities on the villagers are committed daily, but the Assam Rifles and CRPF are nowhere to be seen. In the Lapnam village the K-group and terrorist groups attempted to rape a woman on 18th March but saved by the public. On 26th March the CRPF and group of K-group met in Tisa when they came in two vehicles each. Virtually, these groups were given free hand to commit crime of any nature like looting, molestation of women, and torture of innocent public who show any sign of resistance. Houses were intruded and valuables were taken away at gun point. When the appeals to the Assam Rifles, CRPF and Dogra Regiment were not responded the people of Lapnam village come running to NSCN. And for the NSCN, there was no running away but to stand by the victims of terrorism.

The ground reality in these areas shows that the CRPF and Assam Rifles are using the enforcement of Armed Forces Special Power Act to initiate state sponsor terrorism. Instead of using this AFSPA against, the very forces creating mayhem in the areas, the security forces are turning against NSCN. What a mockery of security! But this speaks volumes of CRPF and AR working with the terrorist gang and just for the pleasure of running down the NSCN. More than anything else, the hidden agenda of signing ceasefire between GoI and K-group is coming to be surface with all these passing events. And the agenda is to finish the NSCN by using forces at the disposal of the K-group. It is to be observed that this K-group is operated by confused lot of people without any political thinking applicable to the common interest of the people. Many times they speak of Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front (IBRF) and the next day they started agenda of “Nagaland” only. They will say their interest covers all Naga areas, but they showed abhorrence for anything Nagalim. And this is the exact teaching of IB, RAW and MI. the willing stooges of the divisive policy of GoI against NSCN. What else? Ceasefire between GoI and K-group is only facilitating creating more trouble spots for NSCN.

These are indications that confused lot of people are writing for the K-group, and the writing on 27th March in Morung Express and Nagaland Post points towards this fact. But the ground situation of the past and the present remains unchanged. And the public’s discretionary power of judgment should not be faulted. No group escape public scrutiny of its activities and the truth must be shown and faults admitted with all humility.

Issued by:

MIP/GPRN

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Press Release

29th March 2009

The GPRN 2009-10 Budget Session will commence from 21st April 2009. All kilonsers, Dy.Kilonsers, Tatars, Heads of Naga Army, CAOs and Heads of Departments are to present themselves in Council Headquarters (CHQ) Hebron by 20th April 2009.

Issued by:

Tongmeth Wangnao

Speaker, Tatar Hoho NSCN/GPRN

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