NSCN(IM) furious with Delhi

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Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Jan 16: Two days after the fiasco near Camp Hebron with the Assam Rifles, the NSCN-IM accused New Delhi of violating the ceasefire ground rules.

NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu and the outfit`s general secretary Th. Muivah were prevented by the Assam Rifles personnel from visiting Swu`s home town Zunheboto (in Nagaland) with the directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday.

Expressing anger over the Saturday development, NSCN-IM leader V.S Atem in a press conference in Dimapur today said the act of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was nothing but a violation of the ceasefire ground rules. “The Government of India wants to solve the Naga political problem. The Nagas want the solution. However, if we don`t meet our people for consultation how can we move forward in solving the problem?” fumes V.S Atem, a former `military chief` of the NSCN-IM.

On Saturday, Muivah and Swu were on their way to Zunheboto from their camp Hebron in the 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 asked Muivah and Swu not to go ahead with their visit to Zunheboto without obtaining a 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 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 not to exceed twenty  and the NSCN-IM leaders will not hold any public meeting or press conference.

Meanwhile, V.S Atem did not mention anything about the proposed visit of the NSCN-IM leaders to Zunheboto.

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