‘Explain meaning of ceasefire to army’

Dimapur : In the backdrop of the ongoing Shiroi standoff between Assam Rifles troopers and NSCN (IM) cadres, the Naga International Support Center today made a number of queries to the Government of India.  The NISC also made a number of demands, including one that demanded that the ‘meaning of ceasefire should be explained to all troops’.

According to the statement from the NISC, a ‘well-covered’ Government of India and “government of the people’s republic of Nagalim” agreement put an end once and for all to any misinterpretation “to the extent of the ceasefire with the addiction of the term ‘without territorial limits’”.

On this argument, the NISC queried if there is “any misunderstanding, misinterpretation, of the meaning and extent of the ceasefire by the armed forces on the ceasefire with the government of the peoples republic of Nagalim?” The NISC also demanded a response if “on the basis of genuine peace talks should your armed forces not show restraint”.

The organization said the “besieging and subsequent threatening” of Naga “soldiers” who were “residing peacefully in the vicinity of a village”, is a threat to civilian life too. “Have your forces been ordered to disrupt the life of peaceful Naga citizens?” the NISC queried.

Considering that the Assam Rifles, according to the NISC, “who base their action on the idea that the ceasefire covers Nagaland State only, not Manipur or other Naga lands and hence no camps if the Naga Army should be there”, the NISC made a number of demands to the Government of India. The Government of India should order the Assam Rifles to immediately withdraw and “explain the meaning of cease fire to all troops”, the NISC demanded. Further, all “conflicting instructions” should be stopped and orders to the army to show restraint should be issued.

Asking the Indian forces to “stop provoking the Naga forces” to the ‘point of jeopardizing the peace process’, the GoI is told by the NISC to show respect for Human Rights “by instantly removing the electrified barbed wire from around the Naga camp”. The statement from the NISC added that “the use of electrified barbed wire around the Naga camp to prevent Naga forces to leave, is an inhumane act and a violation of Human Rights” .
Army enforces C-fire; NSCN cadres arrested
Dimapur : The Assam Rifles has informed that on 28 January based on specific intelligence regarding movement of underground cadres, a joint mobile check post of the 42 AR and 164 TA battalion at Kukidolong intercepted a suspiciously moving car, a Santro, leading  to the arrest of two NSCN (IM) cadres. On searching the vehicle, uniforms and 50 rounds of ammunition of .303 rifle were recovered, informed a press note issued by the PRO of IGAR (North). At the same check post, the IGAR said, another car, an  Alto  traveling from Kohima to Dimapur led to the arrest of four NSCN (K) cadres along with three 9mm pistols and 32 live rounds (9mm) and four mobile sets. All the apprehended cadres were handed over to police, the press note stated.

The Assam Rifles clarified that a state of high vigil is being maintained all over the state to ensure that Ceasefire Ground Rules are adhered to by all the Naga factions. Stringent measures will be adopted against erring cadres violating laid down CFGR within the state of Nagaland, the IGAR press note informed.