Jan 09, 2014

Nagalim: NSCN(IM) Calls For Peaceful Coexistence

Condemning recent acts of violence, the NSCN(IM) have appealed to indigenous communities Nagas and Karbis to resolve any differences they have through peaceful dialogues as opposed to negative propaganda.

Below is an article by The Morung Express:


The NSCN (IM) has condemned, in its words, “the recent cold blooded murder of nine Karbi young men at Pachaspura near Chamukedima in Dimapur by Naga Rengma Hills Protection Force (NRHPF).”

In a press release from the MIP, the NSCN (IM) has stated that such “gruesome murder is uncalled for and could have escalated to far more unwanted repercussions had it not been the overtime work for restraint, peace and reconciliation from both the civil societies of the Nagas and Karbis.” In the same vein, it has also condemned the killing of four Rengma Nagas, burning of their granaries and leaving them homeless. While praying for the departed souls to rest in “heavenly peace eternally,” the NSCN (IM) prayed for the people to “respect each other’s rights and coexist in peace so that what has happened will not be repeated.”

Further, it stated that “It is the bounden duty of the two states to facilitate and maintain peace between the two indigenous communities and that adequate course of measures for rehabilitation and compensation to all the affected villages, families and individuals are accorded with swift justness to the satisfaction of the affected.”  The NSCN (IM) has appealed to both the communities to “restrain from any negative propaganda against each other and sort out differences through dialogue and by mutual respect.” It has also warned of elements that could spread rumours to fuel the “communal crisis” for vested interests at the “cost of the Nagas and Rengmas.”

The press release noted as “malicious” that “the Assam Government is blaming NSCN for the murder of nine Karbi when on 7th January [2014] the NRHPF openly claimed responsibility for the act. Such “habitual accusations” and malice towards us only indicate the attitude of Assam Government under Tarun Gogoi towards the Nagas.” Noting that the Assam government has “totally failed” to maintain law and order, it also hinted that “Rengma Nagas and Karbi community are being pitted against one another for the reason best known to them.”