Kohima: The NSCN-IM and NSCN-R have denied reports of demanding share from COVID-19 funds. The NSCN-R also warned that if its cadres are found involved in such activities directly or indirectly, severe action will be initiated.

The clarification from the groups came after media reports claimed that “NSCN factions are seeking COVID funds”.

“As far as NSCN (R) is concerned, our stance is crystal clear,” the group said. It reminded all its cadres not to fall short of grace in seeking financial assistance from our patrons, sympathisers and business communities.

The group said that like most times, there may be unscrupulous elements where cadres or non-cadres take advantage for their personal gain. In case of such incidents, it said that the name, faction, and details of those involved should be disclosed so that the respective factions can probe the matter.

“Whatsoever if perchance, any of our cadres are found involved, either directly or indirectly, severe actions of very serious nature will be initiated,” it stated.

It also said that if such details cannot be provided, information must be verified properly before issuing “unconfirmed or irresponsible or corroded” statements in public domain. It added that the group is equally concerned about the pandemic.

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Likewise, the NSCN-IM also stated that it has “nothing to do” with demanding share of COVID-19 funds. “We are in total solidarity with the state government’s fight against the wicked Covid-19. We are, therefore, not involved in any manner that goes against humanity at this particular juncture where all Nagas, irrespective of social/political standing are expected to fight together,” said NSCN-IM.

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