Saturday, February 24, 2024

Imchen reviews implementation of CFGR, SOP

Reviewing a meeting of the implementation of Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) and Special Operation Procedures (SOP) at Mokokchung, home minister, Imkong L Imchen today lamented over the prevailing state of affairs in the state whereby intimation, killing, extortion were rampant and the people left terrorized.
Imchen admitted that the government was not in a position to address the problem earlier and that it just remained a mute spectator but said the situation has now changed where the prime concern was to provide peace and security to the people.
He asserted that it was time to show the existence of the government and to show the people that "we care". The home minister regretted how the call for peace and prayers by various organizations in various forms went to deaf ears.
Imchen, who held a meeting with police officers, district administrative officers and para military forces at the DC’s Conference Hall, Mokokchung felt that those underground cadres not staying in designated camps should be arrested and booked under the National Security Act (NSA).
He reminded that the state government, through the SOP has the authority "to use force/retaliate under compelling situations" and called upon the security officers to convey the message to the factions. The minister said that the objective behind all these measures was to bring about peace to the land.
Imchen also said that the government, by trying to implement the CFGR was supporting the undergrounds and added "we felt that this ceasefire agreement should not go wasted".
Stating that the urgent need of the hour was to stop the war between the two NSCNs, Imchen pleaded, "Please stop killing – please talk sincerely to the GOI". He called upon the undergrounds to raise their voices in unison as their goal was same.
Meanwhile, the home minister also held another meeting with the NGOs including the GB, DB, Ao Senden, AKM and other public leaders at the Town Hall wherein he emphasized on the inherent culture of "Forgiveness" which was practised amongst the Nagas since time immemorial. He said the current practice followed by the undergrounds was a complete deviation from the Naga custom. He pointed out that not a single Indian soldier was killed in the past 10-12 years.
Imchen said, "We have peace with India but not within ourselves, not within the Naga brothers" and expressed fear that Nagas may be doomed to degenerate at this rate. Taking note of the high rate of intellectuals in the state Imchen said it was high time these intellectuals contribute for the betterment of the Naga society.
The home minister was accompanied by T. C Sangtam, secretary home who also spoke briefly in both the meetings.

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