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Call for unconditional release of Anthony Shimray

The residents of Senapati taking part at the sit-in-protest against the arrest of NSCN-IM leader Anthony Shimray at Senapati in Manipur on Wednesday, February 15.
DIMAPUR, February 15 (MExN): The 'campaign for the unconditional release of anthony‘ has once again demanded for the unconditional release of Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, Head of Foreign Affairs, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) who was described as a key person in the Indo-Naga peace talk.
Anthony Ningkhan Shimray  had participated in the peace talks as part of the negotiating team at least seven times in the past, including meetings in India and it is unacceptable that despite all these he was arrested while on his way to attend another round of peace talk at New Delhi, stated a press note issued by Gina Sangkham Secretary General Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights and Aram Pamei President Naga Women’s Union.
Informing that they have been carrying out various forms of demonstration protesting his abduction and subsequent imprisonment, the press note pointed out that isolating him from the peace process is a pressure tactic of the Goverment of India to derail the peace talks.
“We ask the Government of India under such an atmosphere of suspicion and veiled penal threats how can we expect a solution to the Naga issue which would be mutually acceptable, honourable and long lasting? We reaffirm our support for Anthony Ningkhan Shimray and we will continue to protest till he is unconditionally released”, informed the press note.
Meanwhile the protests demanding the unconditional release of jailed NSCN-IM leader Anthony Shimray from Tihar jail were carried out in Ukhrul and Chandel today. More protest programmes have been lined up demanding the release of the NSCN leader.

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