IMPHAL: The media report about some Naga CSO leaders providing relief materials to militants of NSCN-IM in a designated camp located somewhere in Manipur Senapati district has alarmed the United Committee Manipur (UCM).
Following the report, the UCM has given a two day ultimatum demanding the state Government to clear the air on alleged presence of NSCN-IM militants in the soil of Manipur.
Addressing reporters at UCM Office at Lamphelpat on Monday, UCM president Sunil Karam said that people of the state and CSOs on various occasions have been claiming the presence of NSCN-IM camps in the state. However, the successive governments and the NSCN-IM have been denying the claims. The recent report about some Naga CSOs providing relief materials to a particular NSCN-IM camp located in Senapati is clear evidence about the presence of the NSCN-IM camp in the state, he stated.
As the matter is now quite clear, the state government should clarify within two days as to what action the government is going to take up against the NSCN-IM militants, Sunil Karam demanded.
The UCM leader termed the act of providing relief materials to the NSCN-IM camp in Senapati by some Naga CSOs as a blatant bid to cause confusion at a time when the aggrieved people of the Valley and the Hill are strengthening blood ties by exchanging essential commodities amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
As ceasefire between the NSCN-IM and GOI is not extended to Manipur, presence of NSCN-IM camp in any part of the state is illegal and violation of the ceasefire protocols, he maintained while cautioning that the state Government and the Government of India should never initiate any political solution that would infringe the community and integrity interest of the state.
UCM General Secretary Khuraijam Athouba also demanded the government to clear the air on alleged presence of NSCN-IM militants in Senapati.
Athouba said that there are some news reports that some of the prominent personalities and ex leaders of various civil societies of Nagas had recently visited a camp of NSCN-IM somewhere in Senapati District. The videos had gone viral and clearly justified the presence of NSCN-IM in Manipur.
In July 27, 2001, the then Prime Minister of India declared that ceasefire between the NSCN-IM and GOI was not extended to Manipur and would be confined in Nagaland only. After 22/23 years of the declaration, successive governments have been evading from the fact about the presence of NSCN-IM camp in the state, citing that there is no official recognition to this fact.
Stating that the recent videos showing the some Naga leaders providing relief materials to NSCN-IM camp in Manipur has clearly proven the presence of NSCN-IM camp in the state, Athouba questioned how the state Government is going to react to this.
Demanding that government should clear the air on presence of NSCN-IM militants in the soil of Manipur within two days, he cautioned that UCM and the people will take up its own course of action to deal with this matter if the government fails to give a comprehensible reply.
Reiterating that people of the state are firmed in their objective to defend the integrity of the state, he also appealed to the leaders of the Naga CSOs to avoid from any activities that would hurt the sentiment of the people.