Kohima: The NSCN-IM on Saturday expressed its discontentment over the setting up of the Assam Rifles (AR) outpost at Dimapur to Hebron road, where its headquarters is located, alleging that this is a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement.
“The Indian armed forces personnel (Assam Rifles) are deliberately violating the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGRs) agreed between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) and Government of India (GoI) not to set up any camp at the Dimapur-Hebron road,” the group said.
The NSCN-IM claimed that it has been almost two years since the AR personnel began stationing at Doyapur which is situated on the way to the group’s Council Headquarters (CHq) at Hebron.
It said that the AR, under the direction of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been keeping a sharp eye on NSCN-IM members moving in and out of its camp through the outpost.
NSCN-IM alleged that the AR personnel armed with guns and registry, and assisted by the installed CCTV cameras and smart-phones fitted on their chests, stopped and conducted checks on every passing vehicle, which according to them is a deliberate act of harassment meted to commuters in the name of “law and order”.
It alleged that the AR has become bolder since last year and has intensified the harassment upon commuters with much vigour in their attempt to extract information about the movements and identities of NSCN-IM members and their well-wishers.
A five-level of harassment, it claimed, has been meted out at the NSCN-IM by the AR. The first level is the setting up the outpost to note down the numbers of every passing vehicle; secondly, by asking commuters about their whereabouts and profession; third, by asking personal details of passerby’s, even to the extent of detaining commuters; fourth, by checking personal belongings such as handbag/rucksack of all vehicles; and at the fifth level, frisking travellers and searching vehicles at night in the absence of witness or companion.
It raised concern saying that checking and frisking by AR personnel are done without following COVID-19 safety measures/SOPs.
It accused the AR of instilling fear psychosis in the inhabitants and commuters. “The AR intent to keep the encyclopaedia of the areas at their fingertips by deploying various means and ways to counter and undermine the further influence of NSCN, as seen in the alarming behaviour of the AR, NIA and MHA,” it added.
With the progress of the Indo-Naga peace talks, the NSCN-IM said that it sees no logic in setting up an outpost of the AR at Doyapur to harass the people.
It asked the Centre to ensure every clause of the peace agreement and respect it. Further objecting to the provocative activities of the AR personnel at Doyapur main road, it suggested the Centre of its withdrawal in the larger interest of the Indo- Naga peace process.