No NSCN (IM) ceasefire in Manipur: Tapir Gao

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IMPHAL, May 30: The NSCN (IM) ceasefire is not extended to Manipur and is confined only in Nagaland, BJP national executive member Tapir Gao told media persons today at the BJP Manipur Pradesh office.

During the same briefing, BJP Manipur Pradesh president Th Chaoba also claimed that NSCN (IM) cadres have abducted Taningjam Village chairman Ringthengning for supporting the BJP candidate from Magulong district council constituency of Tamei AC.

Tapir Gao said that the State government should be held responsible for all incidents of kidnapping, abduction and threat to ADC election candidates and workers committed by UG groups under Suspension of Operation with the governments.

The Centre is providing para-military forces to Manipur, however, the State government is unable to properly control the movement of the armed cadres, he said.

The para-military forces are for maintaining law and order, however, without the consent of the State government, the Centre cannot interfere in monitoring the movement of armed cadres who are threatening ADC election candidates and workers.

He further appealed to the leaders of SoO signatory groups and the NSCN (IM) not to violate the ground rules agreed between them and the government of India.

The Modi government is taking up various steps to maintain peace with the SoO and peace talk signatories, he said and further asked all cadres to stay in their designated camps in order to maintain peace.

He further appealed to the State government to deploy State forces to ensure the free and fair conduct of the ADC polls.

Chaoba also claimed that miscreants have snatched poll materials including ballot box from polling personnel of 3/16 Mongken and 3/9 Chothe Munpi polling stations under 3-Henglep DCC in Churachandpur district due to the failure of the State government to deploy armed police personnel in the area. The snatching of poll materials is very suspicious because the constituency will witness a straight fight between the BJP candidate and Congress candidate, he added.

In another incident, the Taningjam Village chairman Ringthengning has been abducted by NSCN (IM) cadres for supporting the BJP candidate for Magulong DCC of Tamei in Tamenglong, Chaoba alleged.

He further identified the NSCN (IM) cadres as Nambou of Makhuilongdi region and from Nagaland and Agim from Nieamning Village.

He continued such incidents have been reported just 48 hours ahead of the ADC election.

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