Kohima: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) Isak-Muivah (I-M) on Tuesday questioned the ‘Unification’ faction of the Naga insurgent group of recruiting Kuki cadres and training them at a time when the Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) “decided to go ahead with the economic packages” as this “has nothing to do with the contemporary needs of the Nagas”.
“It is learned that around eighty (80) Kukis are undergoing training,” a press statement from its ‘ministry of information and publicity’ (MIP) said. It alleged that the Kukis were recruited by [’kilonser’ C] Singson from Manipur and is training at ‘Khehoi Camp of Unification party’ which is in Peren district of Nagaland. “What is this for when the Nagas are at the threshold of signing the historic agreement to bring lasting peace in Nagalim?” it questioned.
The volatile atmosphere in Manipur between the Nagas and Kukis is all because of Kuki’s claim of Kuki homeland despite their historical refugee status and their opposition to Naga political settlement based on the Framework Agreement,” the statement said.
It alleged that in recent times, the “Kuki organisations have been spitting venom against Nagas that Framework Agreement should have nothing to do with areas settled by the Kukis in Manipur” and that the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) has taken the “stand to align with the Meiteis who are equally in belligerent mode ready for a showdown if government of India concedes to the rights of the Nagas”.
“It is, however, not difficult to understand the reason for Khehoi Camp to give training to the Kukis of Manipur. It is Singson’s sinister plan to send back the recruits to Manipur to join KNO/ SoO (Suspension of Operations) to confront the Nagas in pursuit of their (Kukis’) Territorial Council,” it said.
Furthermore, it said that this “act of duplicity by Unification party stands in total contrast to what it claimed to stand for as Naga nationalist organisation”. Questioning as to how a “Naga organisation is giving training to Kukis to fight against the Naga people in Manipur”, it concluded that “this depravity and hypocrisy cannot be condoned”.