Truce between NSCN (IM) and Union govt. is not valid in the State: CPI

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IMPHAL, September 18: The truce signed between the NSCN (IM) and the Union government some years ago cannot be extended to the State even if the Naga outfit has spread a wrong message to the people in the hill areas that it is valid here also to create disharmony and break the integrity of the State.

This was stated by Communist Party of India, Manipur State Council secretariat member Sotin Kumar at the CPI office in Irawat Bhawan Complex today.

He was briefing media persons at a press conference where he stressed that robbing and monetary demands from passengers travelling on the Imphal-Dimapur, Imphal- Jiribam and Imphal- Moreh routes by various outfits are commonplace throughout the year.

The State government must redress this issue, he said.

He further condemned the bomb blast in Ukhrul on September 17 that killed two Tangkhul women and left two non-locals injured.

The bomb blast has dispelled any notions of the law and order’ situation having improved in Ukhrul  and proves how wrong the government is in its decision of recalling the State security forces, he emphasised, accusing the government of trying to draw a rosy picture quite contrary to the ground reality.

The decision of the State government to recall the State security forces without the law and order situation in Ukhrul having improved was wrong, he said, adding that it will be better to deploy them again to control the law and order situation there.

CPI is of the opinion that the State government took the ill-advised decision of recalling the State security forces at the behest of an organisation, he observed.

Speaking to media persons, State executive Kh Surchand said that the details of the talks between NSCN (IM) and the Union government are not disclosed and the people of the State without being aware of what is being discussed are groping in the dark.

Veering to the subject of the upcoming by-poll in the Hiyanglam Assembly Constituency, he said the CPI will not field a candidate.

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