DIMAPUR, June 4 - Three days ahead of the tentative date for the next round of negotiations on June 7, the working committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has suspended all negotiations with Government of India.
The NNPGs� move follows the raid carried out by Assam Rifles at Jotsoma residence of Naga National Council (parent body) general secretary and co-convenor of the working committee, V Nagi, in Kohima district on June 2.
In a statement, the working committee of NNPGs said it has decided to suspend all negotiations unless Government of India comes clean on the question of �haphazard actions� of its agencies that undermine the agreed principle signed on November 17, 2017 between the two entities.
According to the working committee, the latest action of Assam Rifles is an insult to all sections of Nagas who have come to trust the ongoing political talks between Government of India and NNPGs. It said such actions have once again raised the pertinent question as to why Nagas cannot trust Government of India.
In this connection, NNPGs held an emergency meeting on Sunday and demanded an explanation from Government of India about the raid. It also outrightly condemned the policy and attitude of the Centre to use the Assam Rifles to raid the residences of Naga leaders negotiating with New Delhi.
Stating that the action of the men in uniform has crossed all moral and ethical values, the NNPG leaders concluded that it would serve no purpose to continue the dialogue since all the progress in the Indo-Naga political negotiations between the two entities appeared to be a trivial matter for Government of India.
Meanwhile, NNPGs have called upon Nagas to be vigilant, stating that the Working Committee was of the belief that a cordial atmosphere extended in New Delhi must be ensured equally at Kohima or in any part of Naga Homeland. However, it said: �Uninformed men going berserk in Nagaland while talks are on in Delhi shows a betrayal of trust.�
Meanwhile, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has condemned the recent incident of the killing of two NSCN (Unification) cadres and a civilian in Arunachal Pradesh by suspected NSCN (IM) cadres. It feared that the incident could once again ignite fratricidal clashes, if not contained immediately.
In a press communique, NTC said the killing was a grim reminder of �our bitter past� of how groups gave their best to finish each other through violence.