IMPHAL: The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) has condemned the action taken up by the 27th Assam Riffles (AR) led by the CO, Rippon Bora on the morning of 11th September 2020 at Namrei village, Ukhrul District reportedly to capture 3 cadres of NSCN/GPRN who were seeking shelter at a house in the village.
In a press release of the NPMHR, South signed by its convenor Joyson Mazamo, it also strongly condemned the use of force by the AR against the women folk of Namrei village who had intervened and raised objections against the actions of AR personnel. The NPMHR also questioned the motive and sincerity of the AR in forcing the 3 NSCN/GPRN cadres and the Headman of Namrei village to sign on blank papers. Such tactics explicitly point to illegal intends, Joyson stated.
At a time when the whole world is fighting against the Covid 19 pandemic with strict SOP and guidelines in place to stop community spread, such military action exposes the vulnerable public to grave danger particularly considering that AR personnel are reported as having a high rate of Covid19 positive cases in Manipur, it added.
The NPMHR also stated that it would like to place on record that there is currently a ceasefire in place between the Government of India (GOI) and the NSCN/GPRN, and talks have been ongoing between the two parties since 1997 and added that such actions of the AR directly go against the principles of the peace talks, and threaten the progress and understanding achieved over the last 23 years. The GOI must remember and respect the spirit of ceasefire agreement between the two entities, it asserted.
Joyson stated that NPMHR reiterates that military actions under the pretext of maintaining “law and order” fostered by draconian laws such as the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 seriously undermines the sincerity of the GOI in resolving the Indo-Naga issue.
The NPMHR demanded that the agreed ceasefire ground rules should be adhered on both sides and to immediately cease such operations that greatly endanger the whole community during this time of pandemic.