DIMAPUR, July 4 � The NSCN-IM has accused the Assam Rifles of continuing to provok the Naga outfit although the ceasefire is in force.
NSCN-IM said it is seriously observing the Assam Rifles going hyper-active in districts like Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Senapati and apprehending NSCN-IM cadres on the slightest pretext and handing them over to the Manipur government. �This is not a good indication,� the NSCN-IM cautioned.
�Ever since the Indo-Naga ceasefire was declared and put into effect from August 1,1997 the Assam Rifles has been restlessly rubbing the NSCN on the wrong side. But the tolerant spirit of NSCN in the backdrop of the ongoing ceasefire controls the situation. Unfortunately, the Home Ministry of the Government of India failed to rein in the Assam Rifles for acting contrary to the ceasefire regulation. The latest incident has come as another provocation,� the NSCN-IM alleged.
Citing a case in Nagaland, NSCN-IM said the 6th Assam Rifles under the command of Col Sarma is conducting joint operation since July 2 against the NSCN-IM cadres of Songson Battalion at Tizit in Nagaland. �The Assam Rifles and Territorial Army numbering around 350 are taking part in the operation. They have come from Maiipla, Sivasagar district, Mon, Tizit and Nagimora. Under the prevailing situation with ceasefire still in operation this is highly provocative. But a time may come when Naga Army will have to give a proper reply, � it said.