The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has refuted allegations reportedly made by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) that it supports banned outfits in Manipur.

Referring to a news article titled “China-Myanmar module of NSCN helped banned outfits in Manipur: NIA” that appeared in a national media outlet, the NSCN-IM said that it has “taken strong exception to such outrageous NIA attacks against NSCN.”

In a statement on Wednesday, the NSCN-IM said that the reported NIA claim was “not only misleading but cruel and vicious as it is too far from the point of accuracy and morally not ethical at all.”

As per the cited news report, it was mentioned that the NIA has said in a chargesheet that the “China-Myanmar module” of the NSCN-IM supported the cadres of two banned Meitei outfits to infiltrate India in order to exploit the current ethnic unrest in Manipur with a larger goal to destabilize the State and wage a war against the Government of India.

The chargesheet filed in a Guwahati court on March 7 against five accused persons who were arrested in July last year in Manipur, said the accused “criminally conspired with intent to carry out violent terror attacks targeting the rival Kuki-Zo community with prohibited arms and ammunition.”

In the said news report, the Central agency said the “China-Myanmar” module of NSCN-IM based in Myanmar decided to extend support to banned terrorist organisations Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL) and People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLAM) to infiltrate their cadres into the Indian territory for carrying out terrorist attacks.

“For this purpose, NSCN-IM promised a safe passage along with arms, ammunition. explosives and other terrorist hardware to Manipur-based terrorist outfits and proscribed organisations. In addition, these outfits have also been tasked to identify, recruit and train impressionable youths and get them involved in the ongoing violence with the larger goal of destabilising the security situation in Manipur and to further wage a war against the Government of India,” the NIA added.

In its rebuttal, the NSCN-IM said, “NSCN is sensitive to the propaganda war waged by the Government of India against NSCN who had signed a ceasefire with GOI and engaged in political talks for the last 27 years. Ironically GOI agencies keep hitting below the belt.”

“This is a proxy war of Indian security forces against NSCN-IM in the name of Kuki National Army (KNA-B) and People’s Defence Front (PDF) of Myanmar.”

The NSCN-IM statement claimed that Indian security forces were “raining bombs” on its positions in Myanmar in the name of targeting KNA (B) and PDF.

“The reason is not far to seek. The Indian Security Forces do not want the Naga Army to be stationed in the Myo Thit(Tab) area in Myanmar,” it further said.

The NSCN-IM also alleged that the Indian Security Forces are extending logistics and material support to KNA(B) to wage war against the Meitei revolutionary groups.

“Nothing is left to doubt about the dubious role of Indian Security Forces, as they use the Kukis as frontal forces to engage in bloody discord against the Nagas giving all logistics support to the Kuki militant groups,” it alleged.

(Read NSCN-IM rejoinder here)

Mokokchung Times

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