Nagaland Timeline - 2013
Central Government's interlocutor
to the Naga peace talks R.S. Pandey has stated that it was difficult
to set any "timeframe" for the "final settlement" to the Naga
political issue. He has however expressed optimism that a solution
to the issue would be found.
Naga Hoho (Apex body of
Nagas living in Nagaland) avidly appealed to the ECI officials
to withhold the election process in the State slated till a political
settlement on Naga imbroglio is reached.
Nagaland State Congress said if
it is elected to power in the upcoming elections, it would implore
upon the Central Government and Naga militant groups to expedite
the peace talks.
A NSCN-KK cadre identified as
Pojem Konyak of Sheanghah Wansa village from Mon town was held
by NSCN-K militants in the Mon District.
NSCN-K released a captive militant,
Pojem Konyak, from the rival faction of NSCN-KK in Mon District.
The top NSCN-IM leadership, Isak
Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah, scheduled to leave for Delhi
on January 12, had cancelled their visit and decided to 'extend
their Christmas vacation in Camp Hebron (Dimapur District) indefinitely
citing piling 'home work'. The Central Government is consulting
with the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur
on the proposals put up by the NSCN-IM after more than 60 rounds
of talks with Delhi since the ceasefire pact was signed in 1997.
SFs arrested four NSCN-K cadres
from Alahoto Colony in Zunheboto District along with arms and
NSCN-KK directed all its rank
and files not to take part in the coming State Assembly elections.
It has also warned of "stern disciplinary actions" against members
"misusing their good offices." According to NSCN-KK, MIP statement,
all unit commanding officers and regional authorities have been
instructed to strictly comply with the directive.
Suspected NSCN-KK militants killed
one militant belonging to NSCN-K, 'lieutenant' Kinglichem, and
injured another militant at Medical Ward in Kiphire District.
Two persons were injured after
a Chinese made low intensity grenade laid as booby trap was detonated
by some unidentified persons at Khermahal in Dimapur in the afternoon
of January 19. According to Police, the injured were identified
as Susanta Kumar Dey (35) and Naushad Alam (28).
SNUNS sought the immediate intervention
of the Government of India over the "crisis" between hill and
valley people in Manipur and also demanded the fulfillment of
the aspirations of the Nagas. In a statement, SNUNS president
Lokho Chomei and general secretary L. Peter also questioned the
Manipur Government for considering the alleged molestation of
a Manipuri actress by an NSCN-IM functionary Livingstone on December
18, 2012 as the "No.1 case" while underplaying the reported cases
of the killing of two Tangkhul civilians on December 28, 2012
and the "molestation and rape" attempt on Naga students by valley
based armed cadres on December 24, 2012.
Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar
has expressed his regret on the failure to settle the Naga political
issue before the Assembly elections (scheduled to be held on February
23). Addressing the Republic Day (January 26) celebration in the
State capital Kohima, Nikhil Kumar said it was a big regret that
Naga solution could not be brought about before the State Assembly
elections. He appealed to all sections of the Nagas to continue
working for the peaceful settlement of the Naga political issue.
Following the notification issued
by DC Kohima regarding deposit of fire arms at Police stations
in view of the upcoming election, the office of SP Kohima in a
press release requested all license holders to co-operate and
voluntarily deposit the firearms at the Police station of their
The NSCN-K has reiterated its stand on the involvement
of its rank and file with the coming assembly elections in the
State and has instructed them not to "move around in support or
against any political parties." a top NSCN-K, MIP official reminded
that the 'chairman' of NSCN-K, S.S. Khaplang has issued an order
stating that NSCN has "nothing to do with Indian election" and
had advised them not to involve themselves in "support or against"
any political party. The MIP official said that if any rank and
file of NSCN-K was found involving in the "Indian election", they
would be penalized as per the Yezabo (regulations) of the organization.
Any rank and file of NSCN-K venturing out of the camp in support
or against any political party has been asked to return to their
respective camps, added NSCN-K, MIP.
NNC has criticized the State Government
for holding 'sham' elections and asserted that the polls did not
"constitute" the settlement of "Indo-Naga" conflict. This was
part of a resolution adopted during a meeting of the NNC central
executive council held on January 24 in Kohima. NNC also resolved
that it would continue to practice and adhere to the policy of
non-violence in upholding the "democratically mandated plebiscite
of 1951" by the Nagas "to continue to stay as an Independent nation."
The State Assembly electrons are scheduled to be held on February
A meeting of all regional authorities
at NSCN-KK designated camp where the participants discussed "broader
political and social responsibilities as Naga national workers."
NSCN-IM leaders Isak Chisi Swu
and Thuingaleng Muivah, expressed sadness over the way the outfit's
cadres are behaving. Thuingaleng Muivah made a direct reference
to the present situation where it demands the members to take
the right decision in order to save the Naga nation," said a press
communiqué issued by the NSCN-IM. Swu and Muivah were delivering
speeches at the '34th NSCN Day' celebration at Hebron, off Dimapur.
NSCN was formed on January 31 in 1980 after spitting from NNC.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu
Rio charged the Centre with "ignoring" the Naga political issue
and alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "never found time"
to visit the State. "The Prime Minister has not visited our state
in the past 10 years. He comes to Congress-ruled states of Assam
and Manipur every alternate month but misses Nagaland," Rio said.
The election manifesto of the
ruling NPF was released by the party president, Shurhozelie Liezietsu,
at its central office here. The manifesto, which runs into 58
pages, makes the Naga political settlement the key issue for the
February 23 assembly elections.
NPF meanwhile also ruled out an
early solution to the Naga political problem stating that it had
become a distant dream owing to the lack of unity between the
community's rebel groups. It, instead, called for "emotional integration"
of Nagas living in different areas.
NSCN-IM said that collection of
Hebron camp land details by the AR was against the norms of CFGR.
In a statement, NSCN-IM, 'MIP said that the organization was "shocked"
to receive a letter signed by one "Major, Adjutant for Commandant,
29 AR and attested by one Captain Adjutant 29 Assam Rifles that
stated that one AR unit has been entrusted with the task of collecting
the "land details of Hebron designated camp during the initial
settlement of the 1999." MIP said the letter further authorized
one Shankar Singh of 29 AR to collect the data/sketches of the
MIP also said that it has received
a letter from the NIA from its Guwahati office and stated that
NIA does not come under the purview of the Ceasefire Monitoring
Cell and therefore it could not entertain such directive. NSCN-IM
further alleged that 31 AR under Colonel Vikram Singh had ordered
destruction/dismantling of the Hevito Battalion, Naga Army, New
Chungtia on the pretext that the camp was totally illegal as it
was against the CFGR and it poses threat to the local population,
Mariani-Mokokchung highway and conduct of the assembly election.
MIP asserted that this battalion has been in existent for more
than 15 years and asked how it has become a threat after all these
The international and national
borders of three north-eastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and
Meghalaya, which will see elections, will be sealed to check the
smuggling of arms. The Election Commission has told the authorities
to beef up border checks in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. "The
Commission has directed all concerned to take all possible steps
to seal the international borders besides deploying additional
BSF [Border security Force] and Assam Rifles troopers," a poll
panel official said.
Two bodies, suspected to be that
of a driver and one cleaner, were recovered from Sakhaba village
in Kohima District. Suspected militants belonging to NSCN-Khaplang
have abducted drivers and cleaners of four trucks of Manipur from
near Kohima District recently, on the ground that the owners have
not paid the extortion money. It is reported that a tax of INR
two million each, is demanded from the owners.
One Muslim driver who was abducted
on January 14 had been released.
The NSCN-K has given February
10 as the deadline to the transporters plying along the Imphal-Dimapur
route and also along the Imphal-Silchar route to clear their 'outstanding
Police and District administrations
across the State have started taking measures to prevent armed
violence during the assembly polls, according to February 5 report.
So far, 1006 licensed arms have been deposited and seized and
around 345 persons have been bounded under 107/116 CRPC from across
the State as part of preventive action. Police sources informed
that 17 unlicensed arms were also seized and were deposited in
the Police station. The arms were deposited and seized from the
date of the announcement of State general election 2013 till February
According to latest Government
report, at least 4834 militants of different outfits across seven
states in North Eastern (NE) region were killed in counter-insurgency
operations from 2001 to 2012. During the period, at least 1909
militants were killed in Manipur, while 1777 were killed in Assam,
536 in Nagaland, 307 in Tripura, 105 in Arunachal Pradesh and
9 in Mizoram.
According to the Government report,
in a single year, highest number of militants were killed in Manipur
in 2008.In Manipur, 341 militants were killed in 2008, while 161
were killed in the year 2001, 101 in 2002, 148 in 2003, 127 in
2004, 143 in 2005, 141 in 2006, 218 in 2007, 321 in 2009, 104
in 2010, 30 in 2011 and 74 in the year 2012.
In other hand, the year 2001 recorded
the highest number of militant fatalities under counter-insurgency
operations in Assam. In Assam, a total of 1777 militants were
killed during the period, in which, 275 were killed in the year
2002, 281 in 2003, 136 in 2004, 83 in 2005, 43 in 2006, 149 in
2007, 133 in 2008, 196 in 2009, 98 in 2010, 45 in 2011 and 55
in 2012.Most of the militants killed during counter-insurgency
operations were from United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA),"
a top official of the Assam Police said.
In Meghalaya, 191 militants were
killed during the period, the breakups being - 8 in the year 2001,
17 in 2002, 27 in 2003, 23 in 2004, 26 in 2005, 17 in 2006, 13
in 2007, 12 in 2008, 4 in 2009, 17 in 2010, 8 in 2011 and 19 in
Central Government has prohibited
all the Naga factions in various phase of cease-fire agreements,
not to carry arms and weapons between the last date of filing
nominations and end of polling (February 7 to 23). This was discussed
at separate closed-door meetings of the three NSCN groups- NSCN-KK,
NSCN-IM and NSCN-K with the Central Government, represented by
chairman CFMG / CFSB Major General (retired), N.George in the
Police Complex Chumukedima in Dimapur District. While the NSCN-KK
was reported to have expressed willingness to comply, the NSCN-K
agreed with a rider "if necessary"; while the NSCN-IM expressed
reservations about the instruction.
NNC said it "totally oppose and
reject" what it termed as the "imposition of Indian elections"
in the State.
NSCN-KK has cautioned it regional
authorities against "using and tarnishing" the image of the organization
during state assembly elections in their respective regions. NSCN-KK,
'Kilo kilonser' (Home Minister) Hothrong Yimchunger has also urged
the regional authorities to pay more attention to defending political
right of the Naga.
6 AR arrested one NSCN-KK cadre
identified as one Tatar (MP) Kangnyu Konyak in Tizit area of Mon
There was an exchange of fire
between 6 Assam Rifles and NDFB cadres near Lapa village under
Tizit sub division in Mon District. One NDFB cadre was arrested
after the exchange of fire and explosives and one nozzle (muzzle)
loading gun was seized.
Personnel of 17 and 19 Assam Rifles
seized huge consignment of highly sophisticated weapons, made
in Germany and Austria, from the possession of a suspected NSCN-IM
cadre after a joint operation conducted in the early hours of
February 5 in Kohima District. Recovered consignment included
two AK 56 Rifles, three GSG-5 Rifles, one GSG-5 carbine and five
.9mm Glock pistols along with 24 rounds of ammunition and INR
10,170 in cash.
In a joint operation, troops of
29 Assam Rifles along with Special Branch Dimapur arrested one
person identified as Rengchoidoi Thanglem (44) along with five
pistols and ten magazines from Blue hill bus station-Eros Line
area, Dimapur District. According to DSP Special Branch, Israel
Xuivi, the joint team on receiving specific inputs arrested Thanglem
and seized-- five 7.65mm pistol "US made" and 10 empty magazines.
A blank cheque, ATM card, mobile phones and cash of INR 1710 was
recovered from the accused.
Troops of 31 Assam Rifles apprehended
one NSCN-KK cadre identified as one Pungyau Phom along with one
US Carbine M 30I and 10 live rounds in Longleng (District) Town.
Three intending candidates in
29 Jangpetkong Assembly Constituency (AC) have appealed NSCN-IM
to "clarify, deny or confirm" through the media whether there
was "direct and active involvement" of its officials and armed
cadres in the electioneering process under 29 Jangpetkong AC.
In a joint press release, three intending candidates - Dr. Longrineken,
Naga Peoples Front (NPF), E.T Sunep (Independent) and Dr. K. Chuba
(Independent), claimed that some individual/s claiming to be senior
officials and "armed cadres of NSCN (I-M)" along with village
councils of Waromung, Dibuia, Mongchen, Chungliyimsen and Town
Committee members, Sector Chairman and GBs of Mangkolemba Town
were allegedly giving the "message that I. Imkong of Congress
(I) was the "NSCN (I-M)'s official candidate."
AICC chief Sonia Gandhi said the
Congress wanted to settle the Naga insurgency issue soon and is
committed in bringing an honourable and acceptable solution to
all concerned parties. Addressing an election rally ahead of the
February 23 assembly polls at Congress's bastion, Dimapur, she
said that it was the UPA Government that took the decision to
invite NSCN leaders for the political dialogue. Sonia continued,
"We now have the historic opportunity to resolve the Naga problem
and this should not be lost. Congress is committed to take the
peace talks forward and will ensure that a peace agreement is
finalized sooner or later."
NSCN-IM made it clear that it
would not abide by the directive of the CFMG which restricted
the cadres and ID-card holders of NSCN-IM from carrying arms from
February 7 to 23. NSCN-IM further stated that as the directive
issued was against the ceasefire agreement signed with the Centre.
'Convener of the political affairs
committee' of NSCN-IM, 'General (retd)' V S Atem, said the directive
issued by the chairman of CFMG "oversteps" the jurisdiction of
the chairman and also violates the CFGR by the chairman, "who
is supposed to enforce the CFGR without any tendency of being
partial in favour of the Centre. He said the cardholders would
carry the weapons as mentioned in the ceasefire agreement, whether
there is an election in the state or not.
Wokha (District) Police arrested
two persons identified as Mongthungo Kikon (31) and Ngangshithung
Lotha (42) and seized a .22 pistol (country made) with 7 live
rounds. Wokha Police informed that a Police team stopped the van
where they were travelling in as it appeared to be moving in a
suspicious manner at a point between Niroyo village and Wokha
Troops of 31 and 6 AR in two separate
occasions arrested one NSCN-IM cadre. The militant was identified
as 'major' Nungsangmanen of the NSCN-IM along with one 12 bore
gun and nine live rounds was arrested.
NSCN-IM, Angami Region, has informed
all its members, both from civil authority and military set up,
to refrain from involving in the ensuing February 23 elections
NNC/FGN, while reiterating that
it has been opposing the imposition of Indian elections in Nagaland
since its inception in 1952 reaffirmed that it would continue
to oppose its stand on non-participation of 12th general election
scheduled on February 23.
NSCN-K rejected the Government
of India's decision to prohibit all the Naga factions in various
phase of cease-fire agreements, not to carry arms and weapons
between the last date of filing nominations and end of polling
(February 7 to 23).
Altogether 1822 licensed arms
were seized and bounded 460 persons under 107/116 CRPC from across
the State. Police sources informed that 38 unlicensed arms were
also seized and were deposited in the Police station. The seizure
report began from the date of the announcement of State general
election 2013 till February 8.
Troops of 29 AR along with a Police
team recovered two country-made pistols, one Bolt Action Rifle
and large quantities of ammunition and warlike stores from the
house of one person who has been identified as 'major' Phuyeka
of NSCN-KK in Niu Colony, Burma Camp in Dimapur District.
One person identified as Kughahoto
Aye, 'regional secretary' NSCN-KK Sumi Region, was arrested along
with 7.65mm pistol and ammunition.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu
Rio asserted he was willing to go to jail for the sake of the
Naga people, stating he would continue to carry the voice of the
Suspected NSCN-K militants killed
one NSCN-KK militant, identified as 'Sergeant Major' Khekugha
Sumi, at Shotomi village in Zunheboto District.
Suspected NSCN-IM militants abducted
a boy from Longkhum village in Mokokchung District. The boy is
yet to be released. Situation in Alichen, Longkhum continues to
remain tense. To find a solution for the early release, CFMG chairman
Major General (retd.) N. George along with his staff officer held
a joint meeting on February 13, with District administration,
Police, Ao Senden (apex body of Ao tribe), village councils of
Longkhum and Mangmetong. After the meeting, DC & returning officer
Mokokchung, Murohu Chotso released a press handout. The press
handout appealed to the NSCN-IM authorities to release the abducted
boy unharmed and without any pre-condition soon.
Nokpu village council has claimed
that on February 10 its chairman was abducted from his house by
what it termed as "some vested NSCN-IM leader" and took him to
the residence of NPF party candidate of 30-Alongtaki Assembly
constituency in Mokokchung District. In a press release, NVC secretary
L. Yanger Walling also claimed that council chairman was threatened
and mentally tortured "forcing" him to support and vote for NPF
candidate in the ensuing elections.
Lotha Region of NNC has opposed
the forth coming State Assembly Election stating that Nagas were
not Indian and was not under the constitution of India.
NSCN-K has informed all responsible
not to entertain any "advance taxation" for the year 2013-14 till
further notice from the "higher authorities". An order issued
by NSCN (K) president's office, through MIP, cautioned that anyone
who had made "advance payments" would have to pay "double" as
the "government" would not be held responsible for such payments.
Miscreants set ablaze two vehicles
in a road near Aolijen and Ungma in Mokokchung District. The incident
happened after a particular candidate tried to enter the Longkhum
village to declare his candidature.
The Mokokchung Police recovered
a cache of arms and ammunitions at Sewak check gate at Mokokchung
town. Police recovered one.22 pistol with 8 live rounds and a
.30 US Carbine with 10 live rounds.
Personnel of 31 AR arrested one
person and reportedly recovered arms and ammunition from his possession
from a house in Entsungkong ward, Mangkolemba village in Mokokchung
District. In a press release, PRO of IGAR-North stated that one
Nungshimaong, suspected to be a militant cadre, was arrested along
with one 12 bore gun, five live cartridges, three pairs of Jungle
boots and a new combat pattern shirt.
31 Assam Rifles personnel reportedly
recovered one country made pistol with magazine, four live rounds
of pistol, one single barrel 12 bore gun, 10 live cartridges of
12 bore gun and 13 country made bombs from an abandoned house
in Yaongyimsen village, Mokokchung District.
NPF candidate from Suruhuto assembly
constituency, Shetoyi Sumi has refuted the complaint lodged by
Congress candidate from the same constituency, Kiyezhe Aye with
the DC and RO Zunheboto District with regard to involvement of
NSCN-K in the election process.NSCN-K dismissed the Congress candidate's
allegation and described it as an insult to the outfit. Congress
Candidate from Kiyezhe Aye stated that the appeal to impose 144
CrPc in the constituency was made sincerely and purely to ensure
free and fair democratic election. He further said that he had
written to DC & RO Zunheboto for imposition of CrPc along with
a post-mortem report on incidents witnessed during 2008 election.
The post-mortem report, Aye stated, did not mention NSCN-K group's
involvement in particular but rather the actions of cadres belonging
to the erstwhile NSCN-U group during the 2008 elections.
Huge cache of arms, ammunitions
and local made explosives were seized by Police in Molongkimong
Village, Mokokchung District during a routine patrolling/ frisking.
One AK 56 rifle with 49 live rounds and two magazines; one.22
Pistol (Italian); one.22 Pistol (USA); 17 live rounds of 7.65;
23 live rounds of 9mm pistol and 56 pieces of local made explosives
(suspected gelatin sticks). Altogether 55 persons were arrested
and interrogated. After proper interrogation 53 persons were booked
under 107 CrPC and released while two main accused-- Purneken
(37) and Imkongkumzuk (32) both hailing from Molongkimong Village
were detained for further investigation.
Two persons were seriously injured
while two others sustained minor injuries when a "grenade" which
was hurled at the residence of NCP candidate form 37 Tyui Assembly
Constituency exploded early morning of February 17 in Wokha (District),
near Wokha Town Baptist Church. Highly placed sources informed
that the explosive landed on the rooftop of the candidate's house
and the impact of the explosion created a hole about 3 feet in
Troops of 21 AR arrested one 'major'
Kiyelho of NSCN-KK from Kohima-Chozuba highway.
Nagaland home minister Imkong
L.Imchen was arrested along with cash amounting to INR 11 million,
arms and ammunition and liquor at around 6.15 am near Longsa village
in Wokha (District) town. The minister was on his way from Kohima
to 28 Koridang assembly constituency, in Mokokchung, from where
is contesting as sitting NPF candidate. According to Superintendant
of Police, Wokha, Limasunep Jamir, the seized items included-two
.303 rifles, two magazines with 100 rounds, five 7.65 mm pistols,
10 magazines and 80 rounds and 11 bottles of liquor.
Y. Sulanthung H. Lotha, Congress
candidate from 39 Sanis assembly constituency has been detained
with cash amounting to INR 3, 70000 and a .22 pistol along with
nine rounds, on February 18 late evening by Police personnel.
The Centre is working with various
stakeholders to find out a "workable solution" to the vexed Naga
political problem, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.
Special branch Dimapur, arrested
a person with FICN worth INR 7,27,500 at Ghorapatty, Dimapur.
The accused was identified as Sharafat Ali (32) of Nagoan, Assam.
Sharafat was caught at around 12 noon while attempting to exchange
the fake currency in exchange for genuine INR 500,000. Deputy
Superintendant of Police, special branch, Israel Xuivi told media
persons that the accused was suspected to be involved in the circulation
fake currency for a long time.
The NSCN-K, asked the Government
as to why its cadres arrested with arms have been booked under
NSA and why the same yardstick had not been applied on 'detained'
Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen. Imchen was detained after
huge cash along with a cache of arms and ammunitions was found
from his vehicle on February 18.
A bomb blast close to Dimapur
railway station in poll-bound Nagaland killed one person , Police
said. Pradeep Thapa was going on his bike near the station when
the bomb planted on the roadside suddenly went off killing him
on the spot at 8 a.m. Police is trying to find out those behind
Assam Rifles troopers arrested
a senior functionary of the NSCN-IM identified as 'colonel', Supo
Meren from Hevito battalion located in New Chungtia in Mokokchung
District, along with INR 280,000 in cash.
The Police Forces of the States
of the North East region have decided to launch coordinated efforts
to check the Maoist rebels from establishing strong roots in the
region. The forces are also of the view that the peace talks with
the militant groups, which have already signed cease- fire agreements,
should be expedited.
A meeting of the heads of the
Police Forces of the North East States, convened by the Union
MHA, which concluded in Gangtok in Sikkim, discussed in detail
the efforts by the Maoist rebels to establish roots in the North
East region and observed that there is need for formulating strategies
to check the growth of the Maoists and all the States decided
to launch coordinated efforts in this regard. The meeting observed
that though the militant groups have weakened in 2011 and 2012,
in recent times, the level of violence has gone up, which is a
matter of serious concern.
Centre has decided to act tough
with insurgent groups in the Northeast and has decided that it
will not sign agreements with insurgents as it was proving a futile
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland
have been told to tighten security on their international and
inter-State borders ahead of the vote count in the three States
on February 28. "Security along the borders will be further tightened
in view of the counting of votes," an Election Commission official
told IANS. Elections for the State Assembly of the three
States happened recently.
NSCN-KK has out rightly refuted
the allegations of its involvement in the electoral process in
32 Atoizu Assembly Constituency. In a statement, NSCN-KK 'home
secretary' Ghukiho Zhimo, on February 24, said that even if any
NSCN-KK cadres were involved in the election process, his 'government'
should not be implicated as NSCN-KK has already instructed members
to "desist from taking part" in the election in their official
A cadre of NSCN-K, identified
as '2nd Lieutenant' Kasheto Kinnimi, was killed in the after a
gun fight with IRB troopers near Aotsakili-Kithsakisa area under
NSCN-K, condemning the incident,
refuted the reports that their cadres fired upon IRB troopers.
They maintained that the IRB troopesr opened fire first and its
cadres resorted to retaliatory firing. NSCN-K also accused IRB
of blocking the road and laying the ambush on its cadres.
A low-intensity blast reportedly
occurred at DC Phek office complex (Phek District) in which one
CRPF trooper suffered minor injury. It was suspected that some
miscreants hurled the bomb in to the complex and fled.
Personnel of 31 Assam Rifles reportedly
arrested two NSCN-IM cadres, identified as Alem Sashi and Bendang
Yanger, along with arms and ammunition in Mokokchung District.
Troops of AR based in Wokha District
and NSCN-IM cadres were engaged in a gun-fight in Mekokla area,
Wokha District. According highly placed sources, one person was
reportedly killed in the gun-fight. It could not be ascertained
as to whether the casualty was from the NSCN-IM or the Assam Rifles.
The reason behind the encounter was not known till the time of
filing the report.
NSCN-IM-Kyong region has condemned
the action of 17 Assam rifles (17-AR) troopers based at Mekokla
village under Wokha District in which one of its cadre, Ashan,
Razapeyu, was killed on February 27.
Rh Raising, Executive member of
the Steering Committee of the NSCN-IM, which is the highest decision
making body, had stated that the Constitution of India has been
the road-block to the Indo-Naga political solution. "Dictated
accord or peace is no solution but it is a time bomb. Imposition
of one's will upon the other is the philosophy of tyrants and
imperialists," added the senior NSCN-IM leader.
Special branch of Dimapur Police
arrested the "commander in chief" and another cadre of DNLF, at
PWD area Supply junction in Dimapur Distinct. The commander in
chief was identified as Thairying Hakamausa alias Rohit
Hakamausa alias Sujit Hakamausa (29) while his accomplice
was identified as "private" Ujjal Thousan (26). Police recovered
a 7.67 pistol, one magazine and five live rounds.
DSP-Special Branch, Israel Xuiv
said that Sujit had extorted INR 290,000 from Dimapur and was
suspected to be involved in many unreported cases like extortion
and abduction in Dimapur. He said that DNLF was established in
2009 and has around 40-50 cadres. Sujit had also given INR 200,000
in advance to "someone" for procuring arms, Israel said. Meanwhile,
Israel said as per the record, Sujit had escaped from a jail in
Dima Hasao District of Assam in August 2012 after he was arrested
in July 2012 from Guwahati.
State's new Home Minister G Kaito
Aye said he would explore all the possible means that the Naga
people come together so as to find logical solution to the longstanding
Naga political problem. The senior Minister said the political
negotiations between the Government of India and the Naga underground
people had already reached a very decisive phase. "My priority
is to see that an atmosphere conducive for the peace process is
created, so that the process continues without being disturbed,"
he asserted appealing to all sections of the people to extend
their sincere cooperation towards this.
Kaito made an appeal to all the
militant people coming from outside the State to vacate the State
particularly the Dimapur areas for the larger interest of the
Naga people in particular and the people in the region in general.
Sources from the NSCN-IM said
that it is not clear now when the next round of talks, which was
earlier billed as the `may-be the last round of talks`, will happen.
This comes after months of speculations on the early settlement
of the Naga political problem before the Nagaland assembly elections.
Former Chief Minister of Nagaland,
Dr S C Jamir said that no political settlement to the decades
old Naga problem was possible 'without the people's knowledge
and consent'. "Without people's knowledge and consent, final political
settlement will be a far cry," he said. "Nagas have been talking
about the Naga political problem for the last more than 60 years
as if this is the only agenda for them," he said. "This obsession
had stonewalled other most important aspects of human development
in the Naga society, such as economic development, social development,
human resources development, cultural development and many other
disciplines that are essential for the development of human society",
Minister of State for Home Affairs
M Ramachandran stated that insurgent groups in the Northeastern
region are getting arms and ammunition from China. MoS for Home
Affairs, M Ramachandran replied with a "no" when asked whether
the Government has received information regarding assistance provided
by China to separatist groups involved in large-scale violence
that took place in the north-eastern states in recent years.
One NSCN-IM cadre was arrested
with regard to collection of "illegal tax from shop owners" at
Golaghat road area in Dimapur District. Tax collection slips along
with INR 90,800 were recovered from the cadre, identified as one
NSCN-K chairman, S.S. Khaplang
has appointed Zaremo Lotha as the new chaplee kilonser
(finance minister), in exercise of 'presidential powers', as per
an Azha (order) issued. S.S. Khaplang through his 'Ministry of
Information and Publicity (MIP)' stated that the new chaplee
kilonser, Zaremo Lotha would exercise "financial administration"
with immediate effect. The outgoingchaplee kilonser, Hokato
Vusshe, has been directed to hand over the charges immediately.
Troops of 29 Assam Rifles arrested
two NSCN cadres from Dimapur (Dimapur District) in two separate
incidents. One NSCN-Khole-Kitovi cadre, a 'lieutenant', who was
also a 'commander' of Nuiland area, was arrested near area Murgipatti
in Dimapur District along with one 7.65mm pistol, one magazine
and six live rounds.
One person, identified as Muhammad
Dilshad Alam (22) from Bihar, was arrested along with five 7.65
country made pistols and 10 empty magazines from Dimapur railway
Outgoing Nagaland Governor Nikhil
Kumar said that the NPF led DAN Government was committed to a
speedy and Honourable resolution of the Naga political problem.
He said that the State recognized the Naga political problem as
a key issue for the future of the people and remained committed
to facilitate the long standing problem. He said the State Government
hoped that the Government of India and the Naga nationalist groups
would work out the much awaited solution of the Naga problem sooner
NSCN-IM and NSCN-KK functionaries
have left Nagaland for Chiang Mai, Thailand for another round
of meet on reconciliation. NSCN-IM team, comprising of four members,
was led by steering committee and convener of its political affairs
committee V.S. Atem while NSCN-KK team comprising of three members
was led by kilonser (minister) C. Singson. Both the leaders
are also conveners of Joint Working Group (JWG) on reconciliation.
Atem said the meeting this time would discuss the process of Naga
reconciliation. He exuded confidence that there would be realization
of the "ground reality" and understanding of the Naga issue in
the right perspective so that the Naga Reconciliation also follow
suit. When asked about the status of the ongoing talks with the
Government of India, Atem said that nothing was hidden from the
Nagas. He said that for many years the Nagas have been fighting
for their rights. "We are still discussing on sovereignty. We
have been discussing about sovereignty with government of India
too", Atem added.
JWG Convener Singson said that
the Chiang Mai meeting would be the continuation of the reconciliation
process. While stating that NSCN-KK had no comment on the ongoing
talk between NSCN-IM and the government of India, Singson also
said that for the past four years, his side has been trying to
come out with something but "we have not been able to break the
ice" and asked why so much time has been taken for the Nagas to
Two NSCN-K cadres were arrested
by 29 Assam Rifles personnel while collecting illegal tax from
shop owners near Kalibari area in Dimapur District. One 7.65mm
pistol, two 7.65mm pistol magazines and twenty five rounds, cash
and slips were seized from them. The individuals revealed that
they were collecting tax for NSCN-K. The accused were handed over
to East Police Station, Dimapur.
Security Forces arrested a person
on charges of possessing two country-made .22 pistols with two
live rounds and magazines in the wee hours from his residence
at Showuba in Dimapur District. According to Diphupar Police,
the accused has been identified as one Chungmein Khiamnungan (35)
who claimed to be "lieutenant" in NSCN-KK.
Two NSCN-KK cadres were reportedly
killed near Okotso village in Wokha District. According to Superintendant
of Police, Wokha, the incident was a result of infighting among
the cadres from the same group over election related issue. The
deceased have been identified as Isato and Ayeto.
NSCN-K has authorized 'lieutenant
general' Nikki, 'military supervisor' of Western Nagaland, 'Naga
Army' to collect all District level 'taxes' for Dimapur District
and 'taxes' specified under 'centre list' for Zunheboto District
for the fiscal year 2013-2014. In a statement, NSCN-K said, 'President'
S.S. Khaplang has "entrusted and empowered" Nikki to exercise
financial administration from the release of this "azah" (order)
and submit quarterly report. The "azah" came into immediate effect
from March 18, 2013.
NSCN-IM and NSCN-KK observed its
34th and 33rd 'republic day' respectively. NNC/FGN would be observing
its republic day on March 22.
NSCN-IM's 'chairman' Isak Chishi
Swu in his speech on the occasion of 34th republic day said that
approach to the "Indo-Naga" problem by both the Government of
India and NSCN has changed from military to political but have
not yielded "concrete results" so far. He said approach to the
political problems should also be viewed from the perspective
of the changing world. Reaffirming that NSCN was ready to "go
till the last", Isak said Nagas were with the organizations for
building a "state of our own."
On the occasion of NSCN-KK's 33rd
republic day, 'President' 'general retd' Khole Konyak expressed
the belief that Nagas have a "common future" and said the signing
of 'covenant of reconciliation' by the collective leaders was
an outstanding accomplishment. He however said that Nagas should
not be misled by any "accords or agreements" which would hamper
genuine cause of "selfless sacrifices" and create obstacles. Its
'Ato kilonser' (prime minister), N. Kitovi Zhimomi in his speech
said republic day was a kind of resurrection day for the Nagas
when all should think about "recommitting and re-dedicating themselves"
for the cause of Nagas. He also said that the identity of Nagas
would never be compromised regardless of whether they attained
"independence or not."
NNC/FGN 'brigadier' (retd)', S.
Singnya on the eve of its 58th republic day said his group would
always view reconciliation as a means to strengthen the "national
goal and vision."
NNC/FGN said that "unauthorized
persons/imposters" were collecting 'taxes' in the name of NNC/FGN
by way of duplicating copies of FGN logo. In a statement, NNC/FGN
informed all the business communities in Nagaland, particularly
Kohima and Dimapur that all types of annual trade/commercial taxation
for the fiscal year 2013-14 would be dealt with by the ministry
of chaplee affairs and requested them inform not to entertain
any person in the form of taxation till further order.
NSCN-K, FGN and NNC-NA celebrate
its 'republic day'. On the occasion of its 33rd 'republic day'
at Suruhuto designated camp, NSCN-K's 'chairman', S.S Khaplang's
in a written speech that was read out by kilonser (minister) Hokato
Vusshe has publicly declared that it would not be part of the
government of India and NSCN-IM solution to the Naga issue as
it would only be a "sell-out" solution. In the speech, Khaplang
also said the ongoing peace talks between the two parties would
end as a "big failure." He claimed that the government of India
has realized NSCN (I-M) was not a "mandated body." It said his
group would continue to "stand and support other oppressed people"
of the Indo-Burma region who aspired for "freedom and shared a
common political ideology." He also reaffirmed NSCN-K's "standing
pledge and commitment" to the pursuit of "sovereignty."
FGN president 'general' (retd)
Viyalie Metha, on the occasion of 58th 'republic day' has accused
India of resorting to "fragmenting propaganda" in connivance with
Myanmar to "break the fabric of Naga solidarity."
NNC-NA 'president' M.Kiumukam
has wished fellow Nagas, members of other factions and well-wishers
a happy "Naga Republic Day." In his message, NNC-NA 'president'
appealed to the Nagas to maintain peace and harmony in the society.
State's Home Minister G Kaito
Aye, said arresting of cadres of various underground factions
by State Police sometimes would not lead to desirable solution
but suggested that they give them (cadres of various factions)
NSCN-KK 'president' "General (retd.)"
Khole Konyak has ordered indefinite suspension of three officials
for "breaching" party discipline Clause C (6). According to NSCN-KK,
the three officials, in February 19-21, 2013, on the eve of the
State assembly elections, "secretly visited Suruhuto Camp of the
Khaplang group in Sumi region without the knowledge and permission
of the government."
NSCN-IM, Kohima town command,
in a goodwill gesture released one 'captain' of the NSCN-K, identified
as Yale Pochury "without any conditions" in presence of AYO and
family members. He had reportedly defected from NSCN-IM to NSCN-K
in 2012 and had been wanted for anti-national activities. However,
after the intervention of AYO, the Kohima town command functionaries
released the Yale unharmed after signing a good behavior bond.
| March 25
NESO asked Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to expedite the ongoing peace process with various rebel
groups in India’s northeastern states. “The Indian government
must demonstrate its sincerity and commitment to all the ongoing
political dialogues with different armed groups operating in the
Northeastern states,” NESO Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said. “A time-frame
mechanism with a focus for an acceptable, honourable and solution
must be worked out (with the rebels) and there should be no procrastination
towards this the initiative,” Jyrwa said.
On the “unabated influx of illegal
migrants from neighbouring countries” that has brought a serious
demographic change in the North East, NESO urged the prime minister
to extend Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 in the entire
North Eastern states. The student body also asked the Government
to take immediate initiatives to prepare a register of citizens
by updating the National register of citizens, 1951, which is
the official the document on citizenship.
NSCN-IM, NSCN-KK and NNC/FGN functionaries
have returned to Nagaland after another round of meet on reconciliation
at Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to a reliable source, during
the combined meeting on March 23, three-point resolution was adopted.
However, none of the functionaries could be contacted for further
comment. Source said resolutions adopted could be ascertained
only after the convener for FNR Reverend Dr. Wati Aier, who was
still at Chiang Mai, reached Nagaland.
It may be mentioned that on March
16, the Naga leaders led by CFSB supervisor kilonser (minister)
C Singson left for Chiang Mai.
| March 27
NSCN-KK ‘camp commander’, “colonel”
Yekuto Zhimo of Ghukiye designated camp said that one NSCN-K member
identified as Hokato, son of Vinito hailing from Tazuhu village
of Sumi Region, has been released unconditionally after thorough
deliberation. In a press release, camp commander “col.” Yekuto
Zhimo stated that the NSCN-K member was apprehended on February
11, 2013 from Zunheboto BOC at around 3 p.m. and was confined
under their custody for two days despite killing their “brave
cadre” on February 11, 2013 while undergoing medical treatment.
Chairman of the Cease Fire Monitoring
Group [with the NSCN-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM)] and the Cease Fire
Supervisory Board ( with NSCN-K and NSCN-KK) and former Chief
of Staff of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps Major .General (Retd) N.George
leaves the State on March 28 after one year and four months in
office. George indicated that with elections and another Government
and without any agreement to the political issue, he felt the
same situation of clashes and other offences would continue which
as chairman, he did not have any power to deal with. “If sitting
here and not being able to prevent or take action, then I have
a moral responsibility not to remain in the chair”, he said. On
his role as chairman, George said the present role of the chairman
was only to mediate between underground groups and security forces
so as to maintain cease fire. He opined that there was also a
need to have an Interlocutor in Nagaland to liaise with the society
at large along similar lines with the Interlocutor in Delhi holding
talks with the NSCN-IM.
A parliamentary standing committee
on Home Affairs has recommended increased pressure on countries
bordering the Northeastern region during trade discussions to
close down Indian rebel training camps operating on their soil.The
Venkaiah Naidu-led department-related parliamentary standing committee
on Home Affairs stated in its report submitted on March that all
trade discussions with the countries bordering states of the Northeast
should include a clause demanding closure of rebel training camps
being run on their soil.
The committee observed that despite
adoption of various strategies to bring peace to the Northeast,
an environment conducive to investments to ensure accelerated
economic growth was yet to become a reality. “The need of the
hour is to undertake confidence-building measures and employment
generation, besides ensuring security and safety of human beings
and their belongings,” it stated. The committee opined that counter-insurgency
strategies in the Northeast should be multi-pronged and that Union
development ministries along with the State Governments of the
region could play effective roles in countering these insurgent
| March 28
Three cadres belonging to NSCN-KK
have joined NSCN-K. In a statement, NSCN-K MIP said the cadres
left their previous group “after losing faith in the leadership”
and stating that they saw “no vision” for the future of Nagas.
The three cadres are ‘captain’ Asang Konyak, ‘sergeant’ Tongmeth
Konyak and ‘chaplee’ Aying Konyak.
National Hoho reaffirmed the leadership
of NSCN-IM ‘chairman’ Isak Chishi Swu and NSCN-IM ‘general secretary’
Thuingaleng Muivah retrospectively with effect from January 21,
2011. NSCN-IM also passed a budget of INR 11 million for the 2013-14.
| March 30
Security Forces arrested one person
and recovered firearms from his possession at Super market area
in Dimapur District. One 7.65 pistol, one magazine and six
live rounds and drugs were recovered from the possession of the
NSCN-K Education Kilonser (minister)
‘major (retd.)’, Kewongkhum Yimchunger has reaffirmed that the
six tribes namely Konyak, Chang, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan
and Phom [from frontier Nagaland or Eastern Nagaland peoples’
Organization (ENPO) jurisdiction] were still “firm on its struggle.”
In a joint operation, AR personnel
along with Nagaland Police arrested one Laljang Singson in Inbung
village (Athibung) of Peren District. According to a statement
by AR, the arrest was followed by recovery of a foreign made pistol
with magazine and live rounds. Laljang was reportedly brandishing
the "weapon and threatening" the villagers in Inbung village.
Personnel of 18 AR under aegis
of 6 Sector, Inspector General AR-North (IGAR-North) in a joint
operation with Nagaland Police arrested three suspected militant
cadres from Songluh village (Athibung), Peren District. In a statement,
AR said the cadres have been identified as Pagum, Hentinsat Sitlhou
and Henlal Hangsing (30). AR and police recovered one 7.62mm,
AK 47 Rifle with one magazine and live rounds from the suspected
AR personnel arrested two NSCN-KK
cadres from Chakabama Road, Kohima. In a statement, AR said the
cadres have been identified as 'corporal' Nothuto and 'lance corporal'
Kecha. 01 x 9 mm pistol, 01 x magazine and 08 x live rounds and
01 x 7.65 mm pistol, 01 x magazine and 07 live rounds were recovered
from their possession respectively.
NNC-NA, '2nd brigade commander'
LXK Achumi has reshuffled 'Naga Army' region and unit commanders
with effect from April 3.
State Home minister, G. Kaito
urged neighbouring States to curb the movement of armed cadres
belonging to various groups into Nagaland from their respective
states of origin. He disclosed that certain armed groups from
neighbouring States were operating and making their base in Dimapur.
The home minister also reminded that some of them had been arrested
from Dimapur earlier.
Acting on a tip off, Dimapur Police
arrested a cadre of KLO from a hotel in Dimapur town (Dimapur
District) along with another recruit of KLO. Cash amounting to
INR 18,000, two mobile phones, driving license and train tickets
were recovered and seized from their possession, Police said.
Dimapur Police said the arrestee,
identified as Bikash Barman alias Panchanan (24) of Dawaguri
in Kokrajhar District in Assam, was reportedly assistant 'finance
secretary' of KLO operating in Kokrajhar and adjoining district
of lower Assam. The arrested KLO recruit has been identified as
Hironyo Roy alias Birkhang (23) of Nepalpara, Kokrajhar.
NSCN-IM 'ministry of chaplee affairs'
has informed that collection of 1% tax out of 5% tax from the
contractors in 'Southern Nagalim' would cease with immediate effect.
In a press release, 'chaplee affairs secretary' M. Daniel Lotha
stated that all forms of harassment has been banned while collecting
'tax' form local vendors of all local products including garden
and forest products, indigenous livestock etc. with immediate
effect. Further, the release stated that all double taxation against
consumers would be seriously checked and severe action would be
initiated against any "officer/staff" found guilty.
NSCN-IM, Kyong Region CAO, has
warned of befitting actions against medical staff members of hospitals,
health centres and teachers in Government schools under Wokha
District if they neglected their duties. In a statement, NSCN-IM
Kyong Region secretary Yiben Kyong said that the CAO, Nchemo cautioned
any staffs found "irregular" in their allocated duties/places
they would be treated as contempt of 'government azah '
Personnel of special branch Dimapur
arrested an arm dealer identified as Hussain Ahmed (24) from Karimkanj,
Assam and recovered two fire arms at Old Golaghat bus station,
near Blue hill station in Dimapur District. According to
DSP special branch, Israel Xuivi, based on specific information,
personnel of special branch arrested him while he was about to
dispose the fire arms. One 303 rifle MK3 (England made) and US
carbine with two magazines were recovered from the possession
of the arrested person, Israel said. The firearms were found concealed
inside a car. Israel said that the accused was planning
to sell the fire arms for INR 400000. The arms were believed to
have been purchased from Assam, he added.
NSCN-KK, Lotha region has informed
the public, village council chairmen and secretaries under 37
and 38 assembly constituencies not to pay any taxes without the
knowledge of the concerned authority.
NNC-NA has terminated one “deputy
kilonser”, (deputy minister), Neochi Chang alias M.N
Chang, of Chang region as per the order of “higher authority”
for his “unscrupulous activities” contradictory to NNC-NA Government.
According to a press release issued by NNC-NA MIP kilonser,
Hetoi Chophi, Neochi Chang was found collecting money outside
his jurisdiction for which he has been terminated from his primary
and active membership from the Government with effect from April
NSCN-K alleged that on March 25,
Dr. Mhonjan Kithan, Zonal Leprosy Officer Mon District, a staff
and the driver were ‘arrested’ and beaten by NSCN-KK. The trio
allegedly ‘strayed’ inside NSCN-KK camp situated on the main road
between Longleng and Aboi. NSCN-K further alleged that a fine
of INR 1 million imposed on Dr. Mhonjan. It said since the ransom
could not be paid, the life of Dr. Mhonjan was under threat. NSCN-K
has further demanded response from the Union MHA and the CFSB
on the NSCN-KK camp, which is situated in the main road between
Longleng and Aboi.
NNC-NA, ‘forest department’, has
informed all business establishments in and around Dimapur not
to entertain any individual or groups in the name of NNC (NA)
without the knowledge of its ‘central forest secretary’.
NNC-NA ‘taxation commander’, ‘Major’
T. Yimben Nokdir, has informed all general public, Hohos, NGOs,
public leaders, business establishments and associations not to
entertain any persons without the knowledge of ‘Central Finance
Department’ and other central ‘authorized persons’, chaplee
Jailed NSCN-IM leader Anthony
Shing alias Shimray, “head of foreign affairs”
has alleged that he was illegally confined for a week and threatened
with “fake encounter” after being arrested on September 27, 2010.
“They kept me in a secluded, safe house of RAW (Research
and Analysis Wing) in Patna (Bihar) from September 27 to October
2, 2010 and threatened to eliminate me in a fake encounter,” he
told. Shimray was speaking from the Patiala courts lock-up after
his bail plea was rejected by NIA special court in New Delhi on
April 10. The next hearing is on May 14.
However, dismissing the allegations
as false, former NIA director-general Sharad Sinha, who took over
as member, NHRC, said, “Not just false, absolutely false”.
Anthony Shimray has been charged
with crimes like money laundering and arms peddling, in cahoots
with the Chinese.
NSCN-KK home secretary office
has suspended one ‘Assistant Political Officer’ (APO) Mhanchan
Odyuo for indulging in “activities detrimental to the Government”.
CVC of Kohima District condemned
the action of NSCN-K for “continually harassing and threatening”
the workers of Thepfüsatuo Rio, a Class-I contractor who was undertaking
developmental works at the Mimi-Khonga-Hakumuthi sector in Kiphire
District. The NSCN-K’s ‘mobile V Naga Army’ under the command
of ‘colonel’ Koruchu Pochury of Phor village is allegedly obstructing
the work under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) Phase-VIII.
NSCN-K on March 15, abducted two persons, Neituolie Rio and Keneiseo
Metha. and their vehicle while working in a construction site.
The duo was later released on March 18.Further, during April 9-10,
NSCN-K took away the contractor’s four tipper trucks, one Mahindra
pick-up and one excavator. CVC said the harassment and threat
“under the guise of nationalism was “high-handed” and it also
questioned the integrity and commitment of the group.
Suspected NSCN-IM militants abducted
two State Government teachers in Wokha District for not paying
"24 per cent net salary deduction" to the group. The two teachers,
unidentified at the time of filing this report, are both said
to be teachers in the government primary schools at Hanku and
Niropen villages. Following the incident, an angry ANSTA has directed
all teachers across the State not to attend work on April 24 as
a "mark of resentment" against the alleged abductions. ANSTA has
further directed to all its members to refrain from paying 'tax'
being collected by different group of national workers during
its general meeting held on April 16 under association resolution
'Secretary' (trade & commerce)
of 'Southern Zone' of NSCN-K informed that all the transporters
within the Zone to clear "annual taxation" for the year 2013-14
within 10 days. In a press release, NSCN-K 'secretary' of 'Southern
Zone', L. Tuccu said that the notice was issued in order to avoid
any misunderstanding. He also said that if any groups or person
hesitate to cooperate, they would be held responsible, adding
that NSCN-K should not be blamed for any eventualities later.
The Southern zone comprise of the NH 53 between Imphal and Jiribam
and NH- 39 between Dimapur and Imphal.
NSCN-K 'military finance in-charge'
of Dimapur informed all business establishment and departments
that "some vested" interests/persons were "collecting and extorting"
in the name of NSCN-K. It added that any establishment or department
entertaining others without the knowledge of NSCN-K would be doing
so at their own risk.
NSCN-K issued a clarification
and cautioned those organizations condemning the "high handedness"
of 'Naga Army-Mobile V' under the command of 'colonel' Kurecho.
CVC of Kohima District had earlier condemned NSCN-K for "continually
harassing and threatening" the workers of Thepfüsatuo Rio, a Class-I
contractor who was undertaking developmental works at the Mimi-Khonga-Hakumuthi
sector in Kiphire District. NSCN-K, in a statement pointed out
that "NSCN as a people's revolutionary government only subscribes
to a nominal 5% (royalty) tax, compulsory in all aspects of government
works in the Naga country". NSCN-K further said that in order
to resolve the issue, the contractor was asked to contact the
commander, 'colonel' Kurecho at the earliest to avoid misunderstanding
between them. In this regard, the contractor (M/s Hexad Syndicate)
was invited for negotiation on many occasions; however MIP said
the contractor "failed to comply with the request since 2010".
Despite the crackdown by the Government
of Bangladesh, a majority of the active militant groups of the
North East are still maintaining bases in the neighbouring country
and in fact, a few of the ultra groups are even giving training
to the new recruits in the bases in that country. Highly placed
sources in the MHA told the newspaper that the matter has already
been conveyed to Bangladesh so that action can be taken against
the militants using the territory of the neighbouring country
as safe sanctuary.
A contractor, Thepfüsatuo Rio
disclosed that he was asked to pay INR 20 million within 15 days,
in lieu with a contract for a road construction project, by the
"commander, mobile V Naga Army" of NSCN-K or else face dire consequences.
The contractor was awarded the contract work of connecting Mimi
with Khongha and Salomi to Thanamer villages near Mount Saramati
in Kiphire District under PMGSY. The construction machineries
of Thepfüsatuo Rio were seized at the work site and workers ordered
to leave allegedly by the "Commander, Mobile V Naga Army", NSCN-K.
The State Government is trying
to get Adinno Phizo, 'president' of NNC and daughter of A.Z. Phizo,
back to the state from her exile in the UK, after the recent death
of her brother and NNC leader Kevilevor Phizo due to cardiac arrest.
A State Government source in Kohima said that Adinno should return
to Nagaland and see the changed scenario. He said there is no
reason for her to be in exile and she can come back and pursue
"her cause from here". The State Government and Naga organisations
are making efforts to bring back the body of the NNC leader Kevilevor.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio has personally taken up the matter
with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Sushil
Kumar Shinde, the British high commissioner and other leaders
in New Delhi.
In an exclusive interview in Hebron,
NSCN-IM Ato Kilonser (Prime Minister) Thuingaleng Muivah asserted
that the issue raised by other Naga political groups to reveal
the points under negotiations with the government of India was
"too simple a logic for difficult politics". He was responding
to the query posed by the newspaper on the issue raised by other
Naga political groups, who said they cannot extend support to
the negotiations unless the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) group revealed
the contents being negotiated with the government of India. He
also maintained that both the Government of India and the NSCN-IM
want an early solution but did not specify any time frame.
The NSCN-K has informed that no
department, "particularly Education and Medical", can be exempted
from the 'tax' bracket. Further, ANSTA on April 21 directed all
its members to refrain paying tax being collected by the Naga
underground groups as the matter is 'under negotiation'.
CFGR between the
Government of India and NSCN-KK would be reviewed either late
May or early June. This was disclosed by NSCN-KK CFSB supervisor
C. Singson. Singson led a team comprising of six NSCN-KK functionaries
to Delhi for a meeting with representatives of the GoI. At the
meeting, representatives of both sides decided to extend the cease
fire by another year. Singson also disclosed that MHA would soon
appoint a new CFSB chairman by May. Singson also disclosed that
while expressing concern over factional clashes, MHA officials
urged all groups to stop clashes so as to maintain peace in Nagaland.
Investment in the
State has been badly affected because of militancy despite efforts
being made to attract investors, while many non-Naga businessmen
have fled the State for fear of their lives. The representative
of the MHA said many projects were abandoned by contractors because
of rampant extortion by the militants.
The All Nagaland
School Teachers' Association has directed its members not to attend
their classes from April 24 as a mark of resentment against the
abduction of two Government primary school teachers in Wokha District
on April 12 by the cadres of the NSCN-IM. They were abducted from
Hanku and Nitropen villages for not paying "tax". The association's
president, Ponchulo Wanth, said the teachers were frequently harassed,
intimidated and assaulted for non-payment of "tax" on time. The
Nagaland Government Higher Secondary School Employees' Association
has also condemned the action of militants. The NSF has asked
schoolteachers not to pay any "tax" to the rebels.
There are now at
least seven militant groups in the state - NSCN-IM, NSCN-KK, NSCN-K,
NNC-FGN-Adinno, NNC-Hozheto, NNC-V. Nagi and FGN-Singya.
Oil tanker driver,
identified as Surjit, who was abducted by some suspected armed
militants from Kohima.
MHA, Government of
India and the NSCN-K have jointly agreed to extend the current
period of cease fire, which is to expire on April 28, 2013, for
a further of one year, stated a press release issued by the 'secretary',
'Ministry of Information and Publicity', NSCN-K. The extension
of the cease fire was signed in New Delhi on April 22 between
a five-member NSCN-K team led by its kilonser (minister), Wangtin
Naga, supervisor Lincoln, kilonser P. Tikhat, kilonser Hukato
and member-secretary CFSB, H. K.Sema and MHA representatives led
by union joint secretary, MHA, Shambhu Singh.
Oil tanker driver,
identified as Surjit, who was abducted by some suspected armed
militants from Kohima on April 21 was released near Kohima. Surjit
was abducted in connection with a demand served on all oil tankers
to pay INR 8000 to INR 10,000 each. He was released following
the cease work strike by tanker drivers to protest the abduction.
Hinting that the armed militants might be cadres of NSCN-K, the
individual who secured the released of Surjit confided that the
militant group warned of dire consequences if their monetary demand
is not fulfilled.
NSCN-IM has submitted
a fresh proposal to the Centre for a greater autonomy. "We have
demanded greater autonomy without giving up on our demands for
independence and sovereignty," a senior NSCN-IM functionary said.
He refused to disclose the details of the fresh proposal of the
NSCN-IM to the Centre on interim agreement but said the proposal
contains demand for greater autonomy for the time being. The proposal
was submitted to the Centre around four months back and the next
round of talks would be held on April 29 and 30 in New Delhi with
the representatives of the Centre led by former Nagaland chief
secretary R.S. Pandey. 'Chairman' Isak Chishi Swu and 'general
secretary' Thuingaleng Muivah left for New Delhi on April 24,
while another team will join them later.
NHRA on April 24
appealed to all Naga militant factions to understand the plight
of hotels and restaurant in the State. The NHRA in a statement
said, compared to other states/cities, "we are nowhere near to
them in terms of income." In this regard, NHRA urged all factions
to be considerate while collecting 'taxes'.
as per the directive
of high authority, Zhenito Awomi, 'finance kilonser', NNC-NA has
been stripped of finance portfolio with immediate effect for indulging
in "financial misappropriation" and activities that was "detrimental"
to the organization.
In a joint operation,
29 Assam Rifles and Police personnel rescued three local women
from an "illegal Detention Centre of the NSCN-IM" in Ao Kashiram
area, Dimapur District.
Two Government teachers
of Wokha district who were reportedly taken into captive on April
12 "for not paying annual 'tax'" on time by NSCN-IM cadres were
Troops of 19 Assam
Rifles arrested one NSCN-K cadre, identified as one Khresakhuyi
Sapou Chakhesang near Jail colony area, Kohima District on. One
9m pistol was also recovered from the cadre.
A report submitted
by the parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs in the
Rajya Sabha (Upper House) states that Northeastern region witnessed
an overall increase in violence with Assam and Manipur accounted
for the bulk of incidents. The report also finds the level of
violence in Meghalaya and Nagaland higher than the previous year
while Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim remained large peaceful. The
report shows that the incidence of violence has risen from 627
in 2011 to 1,025 in 2012 which was 773 in 2010 and 1,297 incidents
in 2009.The report further states that 3,562 militants were either
arrested or killed or surrendered in the region.
panel has contended that socio-economic development may be the
key solution to the ills of the region.
between Government of India and NSCN-KK has also been reviewed
and extended for one more year with effect from April 28, 2013.
NSCN-K have strongly opposed the
Government's decision to recognise the Mao community (of Senapati
District of Manipur) in Nagaland till integration and sovereignty
issues is settled with the Centre. The NSCN-K has issued a statement
against Neiphiu Rio's Government, stating that the problem in
the State would be further compounded, particularly in the job
sector. Top NSCN-K functionary Kughalu Mulatonu in a statement
on April 29 said, "Nagaland was created for only 16 Naga communities
and not for Nagas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh." He
accused Chief Minister Rio of playing second fiddle to the NSCN-IM
and cautioned that the NSCN-K would leave no stone unturned to
oppose such a move. He also slammed the NSCN-KK for remaining
a mute spectator regarding the issue.
Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar
said the cease-fire between the Government of India and Naga political
groups was only "temporary cessation of hostility" and that everyone
needed to contribute so as restore and bring permanent peace in
SFs recovered a cache of illegal
arms and ammunition from the house of NSCN-IM deputy kilonser
(minister), ''ministry of trade and transport, Kahoi Swu located
in Nuton Basti in Dimapur. According to a press release by Assam
Rifles, the arms and ammunition recovered include one .22mm GSG-5P
Semi Auto Rifle (Made in Germany); one 7.62 mm AK-47 Rifle; one
.22mm Beretta Pistol (Made in Italy); one 9mm Pistol Norinco (Made
in China); five magazines and 141 rounds of assorted ammunition.
After the operation, Kahoi Swu along with three others identified
as Sanjay Sharma, Sujit Kar and Sanjay Kumar Gupta were arrested.
On questioning, the arrested revealed that they were hired to
repair arms which were kept in the house of Kahoi Swu.
The NSF and the ENSF have resolved
not to allow any form of 'tax' imposition on educational institutions
especially teachers within their respective jurisdictions.
Kilo kilonser (prime minister),
FGN, Zaleo said that there was only one NNC which belong to the
Nagas and that there was "no room" for NNC Accordists and Non-Accordists.
Drawing attention to news reports
over the purported move of the State Government for considering
Mao tribe as the 18th Scheduled Tribe of Nagaland and subsequent
reaction against it ,the State home department asserted that said
the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government had not made
any "move or decision" on the issue.
NSCN-IM said it was investigating
into the April 19 incident in which former speaker of ENSF, Throngso
Yimchunger was physically assaulted. In a statement, NSCN-IM expressed
its "deep regret and anguish" over the assault of the former ENSF
speaker along with his family members by some persons claiming
to be NSCN members. While strongly condemning such physical assault
said it was investigating the matter to ascertain whether the
culprits were NSCN-IM members or not.
NNC, information and publicity
wing in a press release stated that the Government has expelled
"major" Alex Achumi from the NNC Army wing because of his "anti-
activity" against the functioning of the parent body, NNC, misappropriation
of fund and indiscipline.
NNC-NA has reacted to the press
statement which appeared in a local daily issued by Zaleo, Kilo
kilonser (prime minister), FGN, saying that there is only one
NNC which belong to the Nagas. It stated that with signing of
the Shillong accord on November 11, 1975, the NNC was fragmented
and presently there were many groups spearheading the Naga National
Movement for self determination and NNC-NA being among the said
The Naga Hoho, the apex body of the Nagas
has opposed the formation of any exclusive organisation that would
be detrimental to the unity of the Nagas. The Hoho has accused
some State politicians of a nexus with some people to create a
divide in Naga society. A source in the Naga Hoho alleged that
former finance minister and veteran Naga politician K. Therie
and former Nagaland Assembly Speaker Z. Lohe were trying to create
a division by trying to form a new organisation - Nagaland Tribal
K. Therie said the Nagas of the State had been
suppressed by Nagas from outside the state and flayed chief minister
Neiphiu Rio for working against the wishes of the people of the
state. "We should have our own organisation. Why should we be
prevented from forming a separate organisation?" the Congress
leader said. He said he could not see any valid reason why the
Naga Hoho should go against people who are trying to form an organisation
exclusively for the Nagas of Nagaland. "We are virtually suppressed
people now," he said, adding that the Nagas of Manipur were pursuing
their own goals. He said having a separate organisation could
help to express their aspirations to the Centre and the State
Government. "Let Nagas of Nagaland determine their own future,"
ENSF gave a 48-hours extension to the deadline
to NSCN-IM for producing its cadres, involved in the April 19
assault of a former ENSF speaker by the outfit, before law enforcing
agency. In a joint statement signed by ENPO 'president' P.Pongom,
ENSF 'president' Likhumse Sangtam, ENWO 'president' Menlei said
the three organizations along with six tribal hohos and ENSF federating
units had in a meeting held on May 4 resolved that NSCN-IM 'CFMG
additional secretary' Joseph Lotha and his accomplices must be
produced before the law enforcing agency in connection with the
assault on former ENSF 'speaker' Throngso Yimchunger and for using
"abusive words" against Eastern Naga leaders and frontal organizations.
NSCN-KK militants opened fire and killed one NSCN-K
militant, and a civilian near the Clock Tower Junction in Dimapur
town of Dimapur District. The one who died on the spot was identified
as 'sergeant major' of NSCN-K one Shonato Yepthomi alias Inato
(21) and Kavuto Yepthomi (19). Another civilian identified as
advocate V.N. Sharma was hit by a stray bullet during the incident.
NSCN-K kilonser for 'MIP [Ministry of Information
and Publicity]', 'NGO' and 'public relations', Wangtin Naga described
the incident as a contradiction of the "peace-deal" struck between
NSCN-K and NSCN-KK through CFSB on April 21. NSCN-KK's kilonser
for MIP, Akato Chophi refuted the claims of a 'peace-deal' between
the clashing outfits.
NSCN-IM has warmly welcomed ten "home comers",
eight members from NSCN-KK and two from NSCN-K. The manes of the
members are Vitoshe Achumi, deputy kilonser, N. Hekiye Chophy,
'secretary kilo affairs', Akaho Swu, 'general secretary' CNC,
Hotoli Yepthomi, joint secretaries, Niyivi Awomi and N.Hoshito
Wotsa, leacy Shikupu Sumi and Viniho Achumi all from NSCN-KK and
'joint secretary' V.Atoho and 'rajau peyu', S.Semato Aye both
NSCN-K has expressed serious concern over reports
of groups and individuals seeking and levying "tax/donations"
in and around Dimapur District in the name of NSCN-K. In a statement,
NSCN-K 'military in-charge' 'lieutenant colonel' Akaho Sumi directed
all business establishments, individuals and the general public
not to entertain demands from individuals or groups claiming to
be from the NSCN-K without the approval of the designated authorities
from the 'military (finance).
In contrast to the recent statement issued by
a top functionary of the NSCN-K opposing the inclusion of Rongmei
and Mao tribes as STs of Nagaland, NSCN-K kilonser (minister),
Wangtin Naga, on May 8, maintained that the group has "nothing
to do with the issue". He said NSCN-K neither supported nor opposed
the recognition of the two tribes as STs of Nagaland. In an exclusive
interview, Wangtin pointed out that NSCN-K had only one political
objective-- "Naga sovereignty". He however said "recognition of
the two tribes should be deliberated and discussed between the
State Government and Nagas".
ENPO has resolved to oppose the inclusion/recognition
of Mao and Rongmei tribes in Nagaland. In a statement, ENPO president
Pongom Khiam said the decision was taken during the ENPO executive
committee meeting held on May 4.
Reacting to Naga Hoho, the apex body of the Nagas'
statement opposing the formation of NTC, ENPO also clarified that
it had "never endorsed" the Naga Hoho nor it took a decision on
The occasion of World Red Cross Day (May 8), State
Governor Ashwani Kumar has called for peace and "control of weapons"
in the State and throughout the world.
Consequent upon the expiry of 48-hours deadline
extension to the NSCN-IM to hand over the April 19 culprits, ENPO
have declared "Non-cooperation" to the NSCN-IM with immediate
effect. This declaration, ENPO said comes as per the decision
of the central executive, federating organizations and frontal
organizations meeting held on May 4, 2013 in Kohima. The 'non-cooperation'
call was in connection with the assault on former ENSF Speaker
by some NSCN-IM cadres.
ZB-N, and ZSUN have issued a clarification with
regard to recognition of Rongmei tribe. ZB-N secretary, Azeu Namcyn
Hau and ZSUN president, Penam in a release stated the Rongmei
was not recognized as a whole, but to those who settled prior
to 1963 in Nagaland.