NSCN (IM) fumes over arrest of `official`

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DIMAPUR, Dec 26 (NNN): A senior NSCN-IM `official` has been reportedly arrested by the army in Guwahati.

According to a well placed source, Yangmi Muivah who is the `Joint Secretary` of the NSCN-IM`s Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) was arrested by the security force on December 23 from near Guwahati Zoo.

Meanwhile, fuming over the incident, the NSCN-IM said that the Indian security forces should know how to distingush between `peace time and war time`.

Irked by such cases, the NSCN-IM said the rampant abuses and violations of cease fire ground rules here and there by the Indian security set-up have been increasing despite our mutual agreement to respect the cease fire ground rules in various CFMG meetings.

“Our restraint not to retaliate in kind so that the hard earned peace process is not jeopardised because of some unscrupulous and irresponsible Indian security officers and jawans is again exploited beyond tolerance.

It is for mutual benefit that cease fire ground rules are properly implemented and respected. Maintaining of peaceful environment for the civil populace also depends on it. It is easier to destroy than build it,” the NSCN-IM stated.

According to NSCN-IM, Yangmi Muivah alias Jeffrey was arrested by some Indian security forces near the Guwahati Zoo.

Since then his whereabouts is yet to be disclosed despite our efforts to locate him. He was on leave for medical treatment in Guwahati, the NSCN-IM stated and demanded for his immediate release without any harm done.

The NSCN-IM also alleged that on December 19 at Phanjang village in Jalukie the 18 Assam Rifles had raided the house of NSCN-IM captain Atong alias Totong in the presence of his wife and children and later arrested him by implicating under extortion tag in order to justify their actions to the Naga people is nothing but malicious and evil.

“Incident as put across like maligning and humiliating our cadres and arresting the sick is but a cheapest act of bravado and not to be proud of.

What requires is to honour the cease fire ground rules in letter and spirit till there is official ceasefire between the two parties. Therefore, through this open letter we appeal the Indian security forces to know how to distinguish between `peace time and war time` and we anticipate a positive change in attitude and policy,” the NSCN-IM said.

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