NSCN-R illegal mess

Kohima: The Assam Rifles on Tuesday informed that an illegal mess and living barrack belonging to the NSCN-R at general area at Chekiye in Dimapur has been raided and sealed.

PRO IGAR (N), through a release, said that the raid was conducted by the security forces based on specific inputs. The officer said that seven of NSCN-R cadres who were using the mess and barrack as a base for illegal activities, were arrested and later released after giving due warning to the group for violating the Ceasefire Ground Rules (CFGR).

When EastMojo contacted PRO KK Singh, he informed that the raid was conducted by the security forces on Monday.

The NSCN-R through a release condemned the “arbitrary raid” by the security forces at the residence of its finance minister Khekato in the wee hours on Monday. The MIP said that the raid was conducted at around 2AM which caused “much chaos, fuss and fear psychosis in and around the vicinity, besides causing much harassment and mental affliction upon the family members including minor children.”

The group said that the misadventures of the Assam Rifles (AR)/Security Forces (SF) should stop “immediately by all means” and that the silence of the NSCN-R should not be taken as weakness. It said that the patience of the NSCN-R is just to observe the “spirit and sanctity” of the CFGR, further adding that the desire for peace should not be misconstrued as “cowardice or submission.”

The group recalled that on May 31, the residence of Khekato was also raided for which the NSCN(R) put up the issue at the ceasefire meeting in Kohima and Delhi.

NSCN-R said that as per the CFGR, it is mentioned that “No raid, ambush or offences will be carried upon the NSCN’s members.”  Saying that the rule should be reviewed, the group said that if there are any discrepancies, the matter should be “conveyed to the CFSB team/office to facilitate the issue where it was mutually consented upon that both parties will maintain the CFGR, at all cost, and to control their respective boys/jawans”.

The group slammed the security forces for carrying on the “rampage of raid” which, according to them, is a “double-standard attitude.” In this regard, it appealed to the competent authority to immediately intervene to restrain such “offensive and provoking action” of “few wayward and undisciplined boys” that could jeopardise the hard earned peace.

Sources from the NSCN-R told EastMojo that the residences of the NSCN-R leaders where some cadres reside cannot be treated as an illegal mess or barracks. Although the NSCN-R sources acknowledged the security forces for handing back the seven cadres unharmed, the group said that the security forces must also discipline its jawans and review the CFGR.

Intriguingly, PRO IGAR (N) denied that the reported raid conducted by the security forces on Monday was not related to the raid claimed by the NSCN-R, saying that there many activities that are not reported due to various reasons.

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