GUWAHATI, Jan 27 - Some foreign elements are trying to keep the North East region disturbed and such forces are trying to create confusion in the minds of the people with false propaganda about the ongoing peace talks with the rebel outfits of Nagaland, alleged the Government of India�s interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Ravi said that �mischievous campaigns� have been launched by forces from outside and inside India to pose hurdles in the way of peace talks. He said that some foreign powers are keen on keeping the North East region of India disturbed and they are trying their best to disturb the peace process through their agents. He, however, did not mention the names of the foreign powers, but said that the Government of India is aware of such designs. In the past also, such foreign powers tried to create trouble in the North East for their own interest and such efforts are still on. The people of the North East should not fall into the trap of such elements in the interest of restoration of peace in the region, which is necessary for overall development, he added.
Commenting on the recent violence in Dima Hasao, Ravi said, � I am deeply saddened by loss of innocent lives of people who were misinformed by mischievous elements. The people were agitating because they were the victims of a misinformation campaign, which resulted in loss of innocent lives.� He also appealed to all sections of people of Assam not to be misled by any false propaganda.
Ravi asserted that Assam would not be affected in any way by the Naga peace process. Time and again, the Government of India has made it clear that the territorial boundary of any state of the North East would not be affected by the Naga peace process and unfortunately, despite such repeated assurances, some people are launching false propaganda, which resulted in loss of lives of innocents, he added. He said the rebel groups of Nagaland were also clearly told that the territorial boundary of any state would not be touched in the peace process.
The Centre�s interlocutor expressed the view that reports which appeared in a website and later re-published in a section of the media about integration of Dima Hasao in Nagalim after signing of an accord with the rebel groups were not correct and �those were either someone�s imagination or a false propaganda. I am not aware of any such proposal as reported in the website and the Government of India is also not aware of any such move. The Government of India has already made its stand clear on the issue and there should not be any confusion in this regard.� He also said that it is up to the state governments to take action against anyone found to be involved in spreading rumours.