SC writes to MHA for removal of IM camps
IMPHAL, 18th May: The state government has demanded the Ministry of Home Affairs to direct NSCN (IM) to remove their camps from Manipur and relocate them in Nagaland.
Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 14 explaining how NSCN (IM)’s unauthorised camps in Manipur have been causing social tensions and the instances of civil society organisations being openly invited by NSCN to their camps have evoked criticism from the public. The chief secretary also confided that the state government is seriously concerned about the group’s open and illegal activities.
“The NSCN (IM) unauthorised camps located in Manipur have become a subject of social tensions all the time. This issue was brought to the notice of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the past also. Of late, a large number of Civil Society Organisations are openly invited to these camps and videos are put up on social media, inviting criticism from public and also causing embarrassment to the State Government. Many valley based CSOs are raising open objection against the open and illegal activities of NSCN (IM) and the State Government is seriously concerned about it,” read the Chief Secretary’s letter. It continued “In spite of the fact that the Cease Fire Agreement does not extend to the state of Manipur, these camps exist in the jurisdiction of the state under the name ‘Taken Note of Camps’. The State Government has raised objection on many occasions for allowing such unauthorised camps. The Central security forces which are overseeing these camps also failed to restrain them from illegal activities. The recent developments of frequent visits of civil society organisations to these locations could have been prevented.”
The letter then requested the Ministry of Home Affairs “to take serious note of this and direct the Army and Assam Rifles to control the activities of the NSCN (IM) and also prevent public and civil society organisations from visiting these camps.”
“The Ministry of Home Affairs is also requested to direct them to remove the camps from Manipur and relocate in Nagaland,” it added.