NSCN-IM calls 36 hrs bandh over Zunheboto trip fiasco

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Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Jan 23: The NSCN-IM has announced today to impose a 36-hour bandh in `Naga areas` to express its resentment over the move of the Government of India `for the violation of human rights` by preventing the outfit`s leaders Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah from visiting Zunheboto few days ago.

Informing Newmai News Network tonight, the `ministry of information and publicity` (MIP) of the NSCN-IM said the bandh will begin from 6 am of January 25 and ends on 6 pm of January 26 in all the `Naga areas`.

“It is to inform that for the deliberate violation of ceasefire ground rules by the Government of India and for the violation of human rights by disallowing the collective leadership from going to Zunheboto and deployment of security forces around the designated camp at Hebron without any provocation and placing unacceptable terms and conditions for the collective leadership to accept the NSCN/GPRN shall declare bandh for 36 hours beginning from 6 am 25th to 6pm of 26th January, 2012. All public institutions including education and commercial establishments are included. Hospitals and pharmacies are however to be exempted. The public are therefore requested to extend full co-operation,” the NSCN-IM said.

It is worth noting that on January 14, Thuingaleng Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu were on their way to Zunheboto from their camp Hebron with a large entourage consisting of about 70 vehicles but were stopped by the waiting Assam Rifles at Bade village led by an Assam Rifles brigadier at around 9:30 am. Bade village is located at about 20 kilometres from NSCN-IM`s Hebron camp.

The Assam Rifles had asked Muivah and Swu not to go ahead with their visit to Zunheboto without obtaining permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs. At around 3 pm the Ministry of Home Affairs had reportedly allowed Muivah and Isak Swu to visit Zunheboto but with certain conditions.

One condition of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the NSCN-IM leaders`s tour to Zunheboto is that Muivah and Swu will travel without weapons. The second condition of the MHA to the NSCN-IM leaders is that personal security guards shall not carry weapons even in concealed manner. The third condition has been that the number of vehicles must not exceed twenty and the NSCN-IM leaders will not hold any public meeting or press conference.

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