New recruits taking vows to join the Naga Army near Camp Hebron in Nagaland on Wednesday
New recruits taking vows to join the Naga Army near Camp Hebron in Nagaland on Wednesday|EastMojo image
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Nagaland: 300 youths officially vow to join Naga Army of NSCN-IM

New recruits have been undergoing training for 4 months at its General Field Training Headquarters covering foot drills, arms training and jungle survival, among others

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Hebron: As many as 300 newly recruited youths on Wednesday took an oath to join the Naga Army of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) during the passing-out parade held at the General Field Training Headquarters near Camp Hebron in Nagaland, said reports.

Commander-in-chief or Longvibu of the Naga National Army, Lt Gen Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, received the general salute during the passing out parade ceremony of the 63rd batch military training course.

Naga Army chief Lt Gen Anthony Ningkhan Shimray hoisting the ‘army flag’ on Wednesday
Naga Army chief Lt Gen Anthony Ningkhan Shimray hoisting the ‘army flag’ on Wednesday EastMojo image

According to the official report, the recruits have been undergoing training for the last four months at its training headquarters covering foot drills, arms training, jungle survival along with political and spiritual classes. The months-long gruelling training also covered both mental and physical transformation apart from guerilla warfare training, it said.

The latest development comes after the Nagaland governor and interlocutor of the ongoing Naga peace process RN Ravi recently accused the Naga armed group of misinterpreting the Framework Agreement 2015 with new and mischievous interpretation.

In retaliation, the NSCN-IM slammed Ravi and termed his unwarranted statement as ‘immature and malicious’.

The Naga group further stated that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM in 2015 does not consider as contentious or ambiguity but one in which the foundation was laid towards solving the decades-old Indo-Naga conflict through mutual respect of each other’s history and sharing of sovereignty or sovereign powers between two entities.

The new recruits underwent training for four months near Hebron
The new recruits underwent training for four months near Hebron EastMojo image

Over the last 23 years, the Centre and NSCN-IM led by its general secretary Th Muivah has negotiated with several rounds of talks being held both in India and other foreign countries.

According to the report, the issue of having a separate flag and constitution for the Nagas seems to be stumbling block in reaching a final agreement to solve the decades-old Naga political conflict.

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