Kohima: The state administration along with the Assam Rifles (AR) and Nagaland Police on Thursday closed down ‘unauthorised’ offices of the GPRN/NSCN KN (Unification) at Ahthibung under Peren district.
A statement from the Ahthibung Region Club said that the drive was initiated to adhere to a government order, received by the security forces in which it mentioned that all unauthorised “messes or offices will be closed which are being used by cadres of various groups in Nagaland”.
The statement said, “The messes of GPRN/NSCN-KN/U were closed and all military cadres were asked to move back to their camps.” It also said that the gaonburhas (GBs) and the chairmen of the areas were requested to inform the public not to entertain such unauthorised camps by cadres of any faction.
The head GB of Ahthibung, along with the chairman of GPRN/NSCN KN/U closed down the messes in Ahthibung town in the presence of the GBs, village authorities, SDO civil Ahthibung, Ahthibung post commander and OC Ahthibung PS.
A document produced contained the name and signatures of 16 persons as “attendees”, referring to those who attended the drive. However, two out of these attendees were without signatures, one being “Kaihao GPRN NSCN-KN/U chairman, Ahthibung region”.
In all, 47 members of the GPRN/NSCN-KN(U) were asked “to go back in their camps till final outcome”.
It further said that the public authorities and locals acknowledged the initiative and welcomed the government’s decision. It informed that the government authorities will initiate similar drives in “Jalukie and Peren against other factions”.
Meanwhile, the government’s order, a copy of which is in possession with EastMojo, is directed from the office of the chairman, Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG), the nodal office that oversees all cease fire ground rules between the government of India(GoI) and the Naga political groups.
Signed by T Mere, staff officer for chairman CFSB/CFMG, a letter highlighting the presence of “unauthorised offices and camps by NSCN groups”, was addressed to the joint secretary (NE), ministry of home affairs in which it said that after a “series of meeting with the NSCN groups under ceasefire with the GoI on 29th and 30th Oct” where it discussed the presence of unauthorized Offices under different names such as CAO, UT-1, UT-2, Command Centre, and so on.
The NSCN groups have conveyed that those alleged offices are mobile offices under the charge of one cadre for reporting issues, coordinate and communicate the issues to their respective groups. They also denied any such Office of having being involved in any violations of the CFGRs, the letter read.
As per the CFSB/CFMG chairman’s direction, “All the NSCN groups have agreed to close down any such mobile offices in all the districts of Nagaland with immediate effect in the light of the agreed ceasefire”.
It added, “The NSCN (I-M) representatives accepted the need not to break the ceasefire and also gave a commitment not to react with violence to any violations”. The letter, dated October 30, was also marked to the GoC 3 corps, Rangapahar.
As reported by EastMojo in April, lt gen (retd) Shokin Chauhan, chairman, Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) and Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB), said, “For the people of Nagaland, the enforcement of ground rules is a very important task so that the daily lives are not affected.”
He then said how the ceasefire agreement brings the Naga political group(s) and the Indian Armed Forces under certain ground rules towards maintaining a peaceful co-existence in the society.
Chauhan has said that besides issuing identification cards, designated camps are also allotted to these groups where armed forces are not allowed within one kilometre. He added that while NSCN-IM has nine camps; NSCN-K has three camps, NSCN-R with two camps; while the NSCN (Khango) is yet to be allotted a designated camp. It was later informed that the NSCN (Khango) had a temporary designated camp at Mon district.