Naga bodies condemn Ukhrul blasts

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DIMAPUR/IMPHAL, November 20 (NNN): Various Naga organisations including underground, social and student bodies have strongly voiced against the series of bomb blast in recent times in Ukhrul district.

NSCN-IM, the United Naga Council (UNC) and All Naga Students` Association, Manipur (ANSAM) in separate press communiques today expressed their concerns on the blasts.

The NSCN-IM said the recent bomb blast in Ukhrul district headquarter which was later owned up by Manipur valley based Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and their stooge like Manipur Naga Peoples Front (MNPF) who only knows the art of targeting the unarmed and innocent civilians deserved to be condemned by every peace loving community.

“Targeting the unprotected and guiltless civilians is nothing but an act of terrorism motivated by desperation in their issueless existence. Not enough with bombing and killing of labourers from outside the state in Imphal, now they have dared to spread their act of terrorism even in Nagalim by using traitor like MNPF. Such childish acts of cowardice easily define the purpose and credibility of their existence. This kind of sick thugs along with their sympathiser of any degree shall not go scot-free but must be punished accordingly,” the NSCN-IM stated. “We are aggrieved at the sight of horror and extend our solidarity to those who are injured in this inhuman act of terrorism,” the outfit added.

Targeting the apex Tangkhul body office is nothing but targeting the Tangkhul community as a whole and they have become the enemy of the Nagas, the Naga outfit also said.  

According to the NSCN-IM, BRTF which has been doing a yeoman service to the people by providing better transport and communication are also not spared in this act of terrorism. Their intention to bring fear psychosis to the community and disturb development work in the district will only create more enmity, hatred and suspicion between the two communities, it stated.

“We pray for the early recovery of those injured and appeal the Tangkhul community to remain strong and vigilant in this fight,” the Naga outfit appeals.

Meanwhile, the United Naga Council (UNC) condemns the bomb attack at Harkuikathe, Ukhrul on a truck carrying BRTF labourers including women and children on November 18 critically injuring most of the pasengers. The UNC said `the act of terrorism` in which innocent people have been mindlessly targeted reflects utter lack of respect for human life and the human person, wherever he or she may hail from, and cannot be condoned on any count.

“While it is providential that there were no deaths on the spot, we reach out to the injured and sufferings victims with our solidarity and sincere fellow feelings,” the UNC added.

The UNC then appeals to all concern to refrain from committing such ghastly acts which dehumanizes every human person that is impacted upon by it. The UNC reiterates that such crimes are alien to our culture and way of life and cannot be allowed to become entrenched in our lives and must be shunned in the greatest measure.

Also strongly expressing against the blasts, the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) said it feels disgust over the spate of bomb attacks on not just place and people but on the soul of the people of Ukhrul.

It then condemns such cowardly acts. “We are, however, not surprised as these groups committing such act are known for their notorious and nefarious indulgence in everything that is unbecoming of group claiming to be revolutionaries”, ANSAM stated.

“Moving the place of conflict to the peripheries and deliberately targeting Ukhrul cannot be seen in isolation but should be understood within the larger context of the Naga people’s support and advocacy for the Indo-Naga peace and also the aspiration of the Nagas in Manipur for an Alternative Arrangement,” ANSAM stated.

According to the Naga student body, when such aspiration become powerful and a threat to the State and the dominant community it is expected that collusion in any form to weaken and destabilize the process become not just an agenda but a priority for them.

ANSAM then said it would like to state that such act will not deter the Naga people but will only strengthen us; and our desire and aspiration, more urgent to achieve.

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