Kohima: Following the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG)/ Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) directive to shut down all unauthorised offices and messes of the NSCN groups across the state, NSCN-IM messes in Kohima were closed down on Thursday.
The 3rd Assam Rifles (AR) battalion on Thursday notified the unauthorised camps at high school, Taklu ground below Lerie, and P Khel areas to be closed down as per the CFMG/CFSB direction within 24 hours.
When contacted, PRO IGAR(N) Lt Col Vincent Patton confirmed that all unauthorised “offices” of the NSCN-IM within Kohima were “already vacated” by the cadres prior to the notice issued by the AR on Thursday.
Meanwhile, sources informed EastMojo that in the last ceasefire meeting held on November 21 at the CMFG/CFSB Office in Kohima, the group expressed their resentment against the shutting down of Central Administrative Offices (CAO)/camps/messes. Seeking the intervention of the CFMG in this regard, the group submitted a written representation to the chairman on Friday, questioning as to why such “unilateral offensive drive” was carried out by the security forces when a ceasefire agreement has been inked.
The source said that with a final agreement not far at sight, the group rather suggested for the creation of more Central Administrative Offices (CAO) to facilitate the “convergence and coordination” of the group with the government of India. The group claimed that such offices were in existence since its inception to facilitate “law and order” problems of the Nagas.
As reported by EastMojo earlier, during the maiden meet of the three NSCN groups–NSCN K (Khango), NSCN(R), NSCN (U) — with the Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) on November 20, the groups requested the CFSB to reconsider the closing down of messes since a final agreement (solution) is likely to be inked soon and accommodation at the designated camps has become a problem. The groups had also submitted a written representation to the chairman in this regard.
In October, an official letter from the CFMG/CFSB, dated October 30, said that after a series of meetings, “all NSCN groups have agreed to close down any such mobile offices in all districts of Nagaland with immediate effect in the light of the agreed ceasefire”.
Following this direction, unauthorised messes and camps of NSCN KN (U) and NSCN-IM were closed down at Jalukie and Ahthibung under Peren District in early November.