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Saturday, August 11,  2001

Updated at Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 08:40:13 AM IST




NSCN (IM) harassing villagers : Students
Imphal, August 11 : Students of the North East region have charged that the armed cadres of the NSCN (IM) harassed many villagers in the border areas. In a meeting convened at Guwahati on August 10, the representatives of the Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad, the All Manipur Students Union, the Karbi Anglong Students Union and the All Bodo Students Union urged the leaders to check the situation in the border areas. According to the news available from the border areas, NSCN (IM) cadres are harassing the villagers, said the president of the AJYCP, Kumari Bhattacharya. The villagers of Golaghat, Sibsagar, Karbi Anglong, North Cachar Hills, Cachar and Tinsukiya districts are harassed and threatened by the NSCN (IM) to leave the areas, he said. 

The representative of the AMSU urged the government to take precautionary steps to prevent any untoward incident in the border areas. In the joint meeting, the students appealed to NSCN (IM), Naga Students Federation and United Naga Council not to block the national highway 39 and 53.
(August 11 : 8 PM)

Naga Hoho calls emergency meeting
Kohima, August 10 : The Naga Hoho, the apex body of the Naga tribe has convened an emergency general body meeting on August 18 to deliberate on the future of the Nagas regarding the ceasefire agreement and its fallout.

Secretary of information and publicity, Naga Hoho, in a release, said the meeting would formulate ways and means to build consensus among the people through mutually agreed principles. The meeting would consider opinions of all Naga umbrella organisations, tribal hohos, churches and civil society members, the release said.
(August 10 : 11 PM : Agencies)

Naga Churches call for restraint
Kohima, August 10 : Church leaders of all Naga inhabited areas of the North East have given a call to exercise restraint and adopt non-violence as a means to settle differences. At a press conference here yesterday, under the aegis of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and the Council of Naga Baptist Churches, the leaders discussed the June 14 ceasefire agreement, its review by the centre and the subsequent violences.

NBCC General Secretary Rev. Zhabu Teshuja said at a juncture, when tension was prevailing in Manipur between Meiteis and Nagas, the role of the Church was to pacify people. Regarding the ongoing peace talks between the centre and the NSCN (IM), Rev. Terhuja said the time was ripe for national workers to come to the negotiating table to find an honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem.
(August 10 : 11 PM : Agencies)

Naga organisations object to Media-bias
Kohima, August 10 : The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights and the Naga Students Federations have jointly expressed anguish over the manipulation of the Naga political problem by a section of the media. In a joint statement, the two powerful organisations of the Naga people said some sections of the media had twisted the version of various Naga leaders to sell sensational news. The organisations said they would not accept any piecemeal solution which does not recognise the rights of the Naga people. The organisations asked them not to be swayed by cheap propaganda and disinformation to create confusion and misunderstandings in the minds of the people.
(August 10 : 11 PM : Agencies)





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