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NSCN (IM) says NIA ‘acting with impunity’

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 26 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) today expressed displeasure at what it said were “innumerable violation of Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR)” by the Government of India, “its security forces and its intelligence agencies particularly the National Investigation Agency (NIA).” 

A press release from the MIP of the NSCN (IM) alleged that the NIA has been “acting with impunity and intensified its activities particularly after the ultimatum served by the GoI interlocutor in July, 2019 and the deliberate rejection of the Framework Agreement principle wherein the sovereign rights of the Naga people to use its national flag and constitution has been officially acknowledged.” 

It said that the NIA has “taken recourse to India’s Law and Order against the NSCN who is having political dialogue with the GoI.” 

“The agency, while protecting criminals are implicating members of the NSCN within India’s law and Order Acts and Regulations, and the most recent case is that of Alemla Jamir, Cabinet Kilonser, charged paradoxically of terror funding. This accusation has come as total shock and surprise considering the more than two decades of political dialogue with the NSCN,” the NSCN IM stated. 

It referred to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on November 18, 2002 in Milan, Italy between the GoI and the NSCN (IM), which it stated “officially agreed to lift the ban on NSCN under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.” 
“It was also understood that as the dialogue with the NSCN progresses further and environment becomes more peaceful, other Rules, Regulations and Acts will be reviewed in due course of time,” the NSCN (IM) said. 

It however stated that “of late the activities of GoI intelligence agencies, particularly the NIA has definitely created trust deficit in the minds of the Nagas and the NSCN.” 

“We doubt the sincerity of the GoI in concluding an acceptable and honorable political solution considering its carrot and stick policy. It is only when the GoI starts respecting its commitment, not otherwise, can the political dialogue move forward in the spirit of mutual trust and understanding,” the NSCN (IM) said.  

It meanwhile added that this statement has been necessitated in view of the “urgency to save the political dialogue instead of creating distrust at this stage and demolishing the political negotiation.”

The NSCN (IM) said that the “unrestrained excessive activities of NIA will certainly reverse the clock back towards the pre-ceasefire period which witnessed intensive militarization, violent conflict and serious violation of human rights.” 

It urged the Government of India to take “corrective measures in the true spirit of the ongoing political dialogue between and GoI and the NSCN.” 

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