The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was extended for another six months in Nagaland and the highhandedness of the Assam Rifles is being questioned seriously by the NSCN (IM).
Condemning what it termed as “unwarranted raids and physical and mental torture” meted out to its senior member Namchum, Tatar, at Noksen village in Tuensang district by the 5 Assam Rifles based in Zunheboto.
According to a press release, NSCN (IM) alleged that the Assam Rifles personnel entered the house of Namchum at 12:00 midnight and started questioning which group he belonged to. When he identified himself as a member of the Tatar of NSCN (IM), two AR jawans abused him stating “you NSCN (IM) are the causes of all troubles in Manipur,” the MIP claimed. The two jawans, it said, spoke in Meitei dialect and added that the NSCN (IM) has taken extreme note of the communal colours within the Assam Rifles.
The NSCN (IM) Tatar was taken to an undisclosed location by the AR troops and “brutally tortured black and blue” after raiding his house, where they could not find anything objectionable, added the release.
The NSCN (IM) has demanded the Commanding Officer of the 5 Assam Rifles based in Zhunheboto to initiate stringent steps against the erring jawans.
The Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) had entered into a ceasefire agreement in August, 1997. Around 60 rounds of talks were held to end the insurgency that was said to have claimed 25,000 lives since 1947. Actions like these breach the trust and the framework of the Naga Peace Accord.
Source courtesy: The Morung Express
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