Imphal, July 16,
Reiterating that the Cease Fire between the NSCN and the GoI is without territorial limit. Ministry of Information and Publicity, Government of The Peoples Republic Of Nagalim in a statement strongly condemns Assam Rifles claim regarding July 12 incident.
The 16th Assam Rifles under the command of Major KB Singh of the Wakka outpost with the NSCN cadres which resulted in the inhuman torture and cold blooded murder of two unarmed NSCN members, namely, Mr. Tenwang Wangsa from Senua Noksa village and Mr. Acham Wangsu from Longphong village (both were Razou Peyus) at Senua Noksa village of Longding district in Wancho Region of the GPRN in full view of the villagers who were just returning from the Church at around 9 PM on 11th July, 2018, the statement said.
It further added that the Assam Rifles personnel entered the village and captured the two men after overpowering and killing them at the residence of the deputy village chief. The dead bodies were kept in the custody of the Assam Rifles personnel who kept firing point blanks the whole night to mislead the villagers that the two were killed in encounter. The dead bodies were handed over to the family and villagers after 3 PM the next day on 12th July, 2018.
“The Assam Rifles personnel went to the extent of piercing and shredding the lifeless bodies
with knives in total disregard to the dead. The inhuman action of the Assam Rifles personnel
has crossed all human ethics and imaginations”, the statement said and added that the modus operandi of the Assam Rifles was that it sent two decoys (impersonators) in civvies
The victims upon reaching the residence of the deputy village chief were overpowered by the Assam Rifles personnel who had already surrounded the village. The rest of what unfolded is for the world to judge.
The NSCN-IM statement said that the question of encounter or the Assam Rifles personnel coming under fire from the victims or weapons captured from the victims are baseless, ridiculous and highly malicious.
Civil functionaries of GPRN normally don’t wear camouflage and are unarmed except for the higher functionaries who are entitled to small arms for protection.
“The Assam Rifles claim is merely a hog wash. (L) Sergeant Pangang Gangsa (a Naga Army) of Wakka village was killed right in front of his wife by the same 16th Assam Rifles personnel on May 25, 2018. The following day, the Assam Rifles proudly claimed in the media to have killed him in encounter”, the statement said called the act a ghastly incident showing the the desperation and frustration of the Indian Army.
“The NSCN in its sincere quest for peace has instead become a victim of the Cease Fire. The
NSCN has lost more members during the Cease Fire period beginning from August 1997 till date when compared to the number of casualties during the non-Cease Fire period. Is this the price the Nagas have to pay for demanding peace and unity from the GoI? The Nagas showing more maturity than the Indians has remain patient for too long like a sitting duck while the Indian Army personnel continues to run amok in Nagalim and went on rampage against the Naga national workers reaping self-glory and medals after medals from the Indian Government with total disregard to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process”.
The statement also reminded the meeting with the former Indian Prime Minister, AB Vajpayee with the NSCN-Im leaders in 2002 at Osaka, Japan where he said that , “Where there is a fighting, there will be cease fire, as per the agreement signed on June 14, 2001 at Bangkok”.
Therefore, that agreement still stands and the Cease Fire between the NSCN and the GoI is without territorial limit. Despite the Cease Fire Ground Rules Review Committee meeting of the NSCN and GoI on June 8, 2018 at Chumukedima, the Indian Army continues to play the spoilsport. Perhaps, the Assam Rifles is trying to destroy the peace process initiated by the Government of India and face the worst consequences, the statement added.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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