NSCN accuses NIA of pursuing libelous campaign

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 14th Jun: Irked by the terrorist tag given to it, NSCN has accused National Investigation Agency (NIA) of deliberately indulging in libelous campaign against “the very party engaged with the GoI negotiating for a peaceful political solution”.
In a press statement issued by MIP (NSCN/GPRN) on Sunday, NSCN said, “GPRN strongly disapproves the NIA for its deliberate indulgence to go libelous against the very party engaged with the GoI negotiating for a peaceful political solution that is honourable and acceptable. Who gives the sanction to NIA to put the tag ‘terrorist’ against NSCN? NIA came into being in 2008 following the terror attack in Mumbai. By then, the Indo-Naga political talk has taken deep root as the talk was carried in the spirit of mutual trust and respect.
“As agreed, NSCN is no longer a banned organisation that NIA can dabble with. Legally and politically, NIA have no authority to label NSCN as terrorist organisation. For its historical and political legitimacy the GoI boldly entered into political negotiations with NSCN. For the same reason NSCN was admitted into the fold of UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization). UNPO give no qualification to any organisation to become its bona fide member if it uses terrorism as an instrument of policy.
“Besides being a member of UNPO, NSCN is also a signatory of the Geneva Call “Deed of Commitment” wherein NSCN gave the commitment to non-use of uncontrolled anti-personnel mines.” NSCN also questioned the centre government’s commitment to the political talks, stating that “NIA’s repeated slander” against the organisation is “sending a confusing signal.”
“It would be a breach of trust and commitment on the part of the GoI if it allows NIA to run amok to fool the world communities and undo the hard earned achievement of Indo-Naga political talks spanning over 23 years. Thus, it would be a matter of credibility and seriousness for GoI to rein on NIA to stop forthwith its slanderous campaign against NSCN. The NIA’s repeated slander against NSCN is not only nasty and disgusting but sending a confusing signal. NSCN puts on record that this misplace tag ‘terrorist’ against NSCN be clarified.”
“NIA be reminded that when Government of India and NSCN signed ceasefire, there was also agreement on “Agreed Ground Rules” for the ceasefire. The principle understanding was that all present NIA cases are placed under the purview of Agreed Ground Rules which should be resolved within its mechanism which is officially set up headed by Special Secretary, Internal Security (MHA), GoI as the Chairman for Ceasefire Review Meeting and Chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG),” it added.


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