A source close to NSCN-IM said it was an attempt to malign the image of the Naga insurgent group Credit: EastMojo image 

Kohima: Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM has quashed reports suggesting that around 300 of its cadres fled Camp Hebron, its administrative and military headquarters in Nagaland’s Dimapur, in “plain clothes” on October 23 and entered Manipur border, before moving towards China via Moreh.

When contacted, a source from NSCN-IM said: “Not true at all. We have our men everywhere. But no such huge numbers of our men have moved out.”

Another source close to the outfit confirmed it further, saying” “It’s totally false and [is] a propaganda to malign the [image of] NSCN-IM.”

The reports come amid the crucial Naga peace talks between the government of India and the NSCN-IM in New Delhi which remained “inconclusive” on Thursday.

As reported, sources in the Union home ministry told EastMojo that the much-awaited meeting failed to melt the ice as representatives of both the NSCN-IM and the Centre were seen sticking to their core demands.

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The dialogue is likely to resume after two to three days again, probably before October 31 this year, the sources added. The sources further said that before the start of the dialogue next time, both the sides will exchange their sets of position on the whole issue.

Meanwhile, failing to reach any conclusion, the Centre has reportedly decided to meet the representatives of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Friday.

Also, in the wake of the apparent ‘deadlock’ to the talks, Nagaland Police has reportedly asked the unit commandants of Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) to keep at least two months stock of rations in view of the “fluid” situation in the state.

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