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NSCN (IM) condemns alleged Assam Rifles raid

NSCN (IM) flays raid by Assam Rifles

Dimapur, May 27: The NSCN (IM) today alleged that the Assam Rifles “raided three houses of NSCN members at Doyapur under Dhansiripar sub-division, Dimapur district” on the midnight of May 24.

A press release from the MIP of the NSCN (IM) said that the three members included Samuel Lotha, a Leacy of Union Territory (UT); Colonel Vikato Sumi; and Hekuto Aye, a UT staff. It informed that the AR recovered a country made pistol from the first raid; a “few arms and ammunition” from the second raid; and “some MTRs related to house tax and a broken revolver” from the third raid. “The episode went on till the early morning of May 25,” it stated.

“Following the raid, Kheliho (w/o Samuel), Chingrin (caretaker of Col. Vikato’s house) and Hekuto Aye were apprehended by AR and handed over to the police in Dimapur,” the NSCN (IM) said.

Expressing displeasure at the incidents, the NSCN (IM) stated that “in the process of running after the NSCN members, the innocent family members should not have been targeted in such a manner to give them physical and mental torment.”

It meanwhile further expressed regret that “similar undesirable activities by Indian Army (AR) are taking place across other parts of Nagalim like the ones around Hevuto Battalion (Mokokchung), Jadonang Brigade (Tamenglong), Phungtha Brigade (Ukhrul) and Jalukie-Hebron route/area.”

“It is, however, our desire to maintain peace in this crucial stage of Indo-Naga peace process and as such, such an unwarranted nuisance created by AR will only go to bring damnation. The Indo-Naga peace talk and ceasefire is all to do with respect, trust and mutual understanding and not digging for alienation,” it reminded.

The NSCN (IM) said that the AR disconnecting itself from this would make the Indo-Naga ceasefire “a caricature.”

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