The Assam Rifles (AR) has been alleged of wrongly targeting NSCN (I-M) personnel “under the pretext of loitering outside the designated camp as if a designated camp is a jail, and thereby, throwing the spirit of the ongoing Naga political talks into dustbin.”
In a release issued by its ministry of information and publicity, NSCN (I-M) stated that it is highly indignant of the "unruly" Assam Rifles (AR) for the repeated inglorious acts that it had been condemned every now and then, and thereby, exposed themselves their incompetence and cowardice.
While the AR at Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh is making another botched operation in Chasa village of Tirap district which injured two innocent villagers, another group of AR has created a dramatic nuisance at the very area, it stated.
The incident took place on Saturday, at Bimila village near Doyapur, where the Longvibu of the Naga Army, along with his family members and a dozen of children accompanied by a few of his security staff went for fishing and picnic, it mentioned.
The NSCN (I-M) alleged that three times the AR came to disturb them, displaying their belligerent attitude and tried to chase them out on the pretext that it was outside the jurisdiction of designated camp and permission was not taken from the AR prior to visiting such a place.
The security staff of the Longvibu reasoned with them that such a private family programme should not be disturbed by applying sense, it further stated. They also explained to them the need to respect the spirit of the ongoing Naga political dialogue, it mentioned.
“Much to our indignation, the AR pulled back abruptly but within no time came back with more reinforcement by two Gypsy vehicles and one big truck loaded with AR jawans. Placed under such a shadow of threatening gesture, the picnic was aborted,” it added.
The AR personnel showed a reckless disregard to the very person who is none other than the Longvibu (Chief) of the Naga Army designated as the official coordinator for the Naga political talks, it further stated.
“Is this the way to handle the Naga political talks when such a designated official is not duly respected or was it another mistaken identity issue? Is this the way to let loose the ghost of the AFSPA on the Naga political group which is spearheading the talks?” NSCN (I-M) questioned.
Robbing the dignity of the person entrusted to coordinate the Naga political talks is certainly a hit below the belt, it stated.
It further stated that the sense of humanity in keeping with the spirit of ceasefire and peace talks should also be made to prevail during the entire process of political peace process. Nothing should come too costly for the AR to exercise human touch to help drive the Naga peace process to logical conclusion, it added.