Naga Churches express concern over constant actions against terror outfit NSCN (I-M) by Indian armed forces

    20-Jul-2020
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The Council of Nagalim Churches, a body under the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), has said that the “constant” raids, harassment, arrest and killing of the outfit’s members had put the ongoing peace talks at stake.
 
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According to the report, the NSCN (I-M) on July 15 declared a “National Day of Fasting and Prayer” on Sunday (July 20), seeking protection of “Naga territories” and Naga people, among others.
 
The appeal comes after the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Arunachal Police personnel neutralized six active cadres of NSCN (IM) near Nginu in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on July 11.
 
During the operation, one soldier of Assam Rifles was injured. After the possession of territory, the Indian armed forces had recovered six rifles, ammunition, IEDs and other warlike stores.
In its appeal, the church council referred to “total disregard to ceasefire ground rules” by the security forces, putting the hard-earned peace process at stake.
 
Ikato Chisi Swu, General Secretary, Council for Nagalim Churches, who issued the statement, also urged the public, its members, leaders and Government servants wherever they are to pray for “strength and will” to both the negotiating parties to bring the protracted Naga political issue to a logical conclusion on the basis “2015 Framework Agreement at the earliest and in accordance to the will of God”.
 
It has requested all Naga ‘national’ leaders to participate in the programme at Church Hebron, located inside NSCN (I-M)’s central headquarters, around 45km from Dimapur.
 
Rather than the State Government, the Churches became a political body in the region. The Council of Churches taking active participation in the negotiations with Central Government since independence. This recent appeal by Council for Nagalim Churches reveals the same. Several such incidences in the past have been reported so far.
 
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