ZUF blames NSCN-IM incursion for shoot-out [The Sangai Express]

Imphal Oct, 19: The mi-litant outfit Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) alleged today that around 50 cadres of NSCN-IM swooped down and attacked a hide-out of ZUF on early morning of Tuesday.

“The blood thirsty Heb-ron heroes came and attac- ked the ZUF on Tuesday morning at Nongadang village under Khoupum block, Tamenglong district where a gun battle ensued bet-ween the two groups from around 5 am and lasted till 9am,” alleged the ZUF today.

After a long exchange of firing, the NSCN-IM retre-ated as the ZUF retaliated with a volley of bullets at the NSCN-IM group, said the ZUF.

It claimed that around 2/3 cadres of NSCN-IM were injured in the battle, but there were no casualty on the side of ZUF.

ZUF warned NSCN-IM and said the group should be responsible for any unfortunate incident that oc- curs in future in Zelian-grong region.

The present incident was witnessed by the Ze-liangrong people, so the people should identify who are the wrong-doers and who are doing right, stated the ZUF.

Afer a request from many Zeliangrong civil bodies, a peace meeting was going to be held at Nongadang village with  Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), Zeliangrong Baudi (ZB), Zeliangrong Union (ZU), ZSU-AMN, ZSUM, etc for the betterment of Zeliangrong society, the ZUF added.

“But NSCN-IM is not cheered at the leaders’ effort to bring peace and unity in our society,” the ZUF said, adding that for that reason they attacked the ZUF.

“They want bloodshed, they have ruled over Zeliangrong society through the barrels of guns and they want to act as Adolf Hitler who ruled over Germany inflicting untold miseries,” the statement of ZUF further said.

Notably, NSCN-IM and ZUF have fought gun battles against each other three times this month.

Source: The Sangai Express

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ZUF warns NSCN-IM [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal Oct,19: The militant outfit Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) alleged today that around 50 cadres of NSCN-IM swooped down and attacked a hide-out of ZUF early morning of Tuesday.

“The blood thirsty Hebron heroes came and attacked the ZUF on Tuesday morning at Nongadang village under Khoupum block, Tamenglong district where a gun battle ensued between the two groups from around 5 am and lasted till 9am,” alleged the ZUF today.

After a long exchange of firing, the NSCN-IM retreated as the ZUF retaliated with a volley of bullets at the NSCN-IM group, said the ZUF.
It claimed that around 2/3 cadres of NSCN-IM injured in the battle, but there were no casualty on the side of ZUF.

ZUF warned NSCN-IM and said that the group should be responsible for any unfortunate incident that occurs in the future in the Zaliangrong region.

The present incidents are witnessed by the Zaliangrong people, so the people should identify who are the wrong doers and who are doing right, stated the ZUF.

Afer a request from many Zaliangrong civil bodies, a peace meeting was going to be held at Nongadang village with Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), Zeliangrong Baudi (ZB), Zeliangrong Union (ZU), ZSU-AMN, ZSUM, etc for the betterment of Zaliangrong society, the ZUF  added.

“But NSCN-IM is not pleased with the leaders’ effort to…  bring peace and unity in our society,” the ZUF said, adding that for that reason they attacked the ZUF. “They want bloodshed, they have ruled over Zaliangrong society through the barrels of guns and they want to act as Adolf Hitler who ruled over Germany inflicting untold miseries,” the statement of ZUF further said.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

Nagaland government and NSCN(IM) behind NPF: O Joy [Hueiyen Lanpao]

 Imphal, October 14: Fire-brand Opposition MLA and leader of MPP Legislature Wing O Joy has categorically stated that he would question the Election Commission of India why a political party like Naga People’s Front (NPF), which is hell-bent on breaking the territorial integrity of Manipur, has been allowed to set up office in Manipur.

If need be, a case would be filed in the law court, O Joy said, while speaking to mediapersons today. O Joy contended that Nagaland Government and NSCN (IM) are solidly behind NPF in making inroads into Manipur and their only objective is to disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur.

He pointed out that till 2005 only citizens of Nagaland could become permanent members of NPF in accordance to Article 10 of its Constitution. However, in 2009, NFP applied to Election Commission of India for amendment of the said Article so as to allow any citizens of India to become primary members of the party. The reply of the Election Commission in this regard is still pending.

Moreover, in Article 2 (C ) of the Constitution of NFP, it has been clearly stated that one of the main objective of the party to bring together all Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative unit, O Joy further pointed out, adding that recognition of such a political party, which is hell-bent on creating disturbance not only in Manipur but also in other North Eastern States is questionable.

O Joy said that the public should be wary of the efforts being made by NFP to put up its candidates in the upcoming election to 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

 

ZUF blames NSCN for Zeliangrong misery

Dimapur, Oct 13: The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) alleged that the NSCN-IM has given immense hardship to the Zeliangrong villages.

Elaborating its allegations, the ZUF said the NSCN-IM only imposes its ‘military rule’ in Zeliangrong region when there are so many Naga areas that are untouched the latter outfit.

It said mobile phones, satellite phones, WLL phones and other communication devices are seized in Zeliangrong villages whenever the outfit passses through those villages. The ZUF further allege that rice and meat are forcibly asked by the NSCN-IM cadres from the Zeliangrong villagers instead of buying them.

Given this situation, the ZUF said the ‘Zeliangrong area’ is not meant for the outsiders to be used as pawn. “Zeliangrong lands are precious and it cannot be exchanged for anything,” said the ZUF.

On the recent shoot out in Tamenglong district the ZUF said it was a sad incident caused by the intrusion by outsiders that had disturbed the peaceful atmosphere.

At any cost the ZUF/ZTF will safeguard the Zeliangrong lands. It then said no others had instigated the ZUF on any activity carry out by the ZUF. “It is natural for us to protect our land and we are doing it with our own volition,” said the ZUF today.

It also said the ZUF is not against any ethnic group or community.

Meanwhile, the ZUF said it is glad that the Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) had made its position clear by announcing not to touch the Zeliangrong lands.

On the Sadar Hills issue, the Zeliangrong United Front  said the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) will not be allowed to touch the Zeliangrong lands even an inch.

Source: The Sangai Express

ZUF says NSCN (IM)’s diktat upon Zeliangrong villages led to shoot-out

DIMAPUR, October 13 (Newmai News Network): The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) alleged that the NSCN-IM has given immense hardship to the Zeliangrong villages.

Elaborating its allegations, the ZUF said the NSCN-IM only imposes its ‘military rule’ in Zeliangrong region when there are so many Naga areas that are untouched by the latter outfit. It said mobile phones, satellite phones, WLL phones and other communication devices are seized in Zeliangrong villages whenever the outfit passses through those villages.

The ZUF further allege that rice and meat are forcibly asked by the NSCN-IM cadres from the Zeliangrong villagers instead of buying them.

Given this situation, the ZUF said the ‘Zeliangrong area’ is not meant for the outsiders to be used as pawn. “Zeliangrong lands are precious and it cannot be exchanged for anything,” said the ZUF.

On the recent shoot out in Tamenglong district, the ZUF said it was a sad incident caused by the intrusion by outsiders that had disturbed the peaceful atmosphere. At any cost the ZUF/ZTF will safeguard the Zeliangrong lands. It then said no others had instigated the ZUF on any activity carry out by the ZUF. “It is natural for us to protect our land and we are doing it with our own volition,” said the ZUF today. It also said the ZUF is not against any ethnic group or community.

Meanwhile, the ZUF said it is glad that the Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) had made its position clear by announcing not to touch the Zeliangrong lands. On the Sadar Hills issue, the ZUF said the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) will not be allowed to touch the Zeliangrong lands by even an inch.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Interface with leaders of Senapati district sets NPF poll ball rolling… On the steam of Naga integration

A speaker addresses the gathering at Senapati during the meetingIMPHAL, Oct 12 : The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has started devising election strategies to field the most qualified candi-dates in 11 seats for the 10th Manipur Legislative elec-tions with a vision to make NPF a formidable political force in the Manipur Legislative Assembly.

NPF held a consultative meeting at Senapati district Hqs under the banner “Interface with Leaders of Senapati District”.

Addressing the gathering, NPF leaders called for unstinted support to their party for strengthening the Naga integration campaign.

NPF co-ordinating committee in-charge and Naga- land Minister TR Zeliang, vice-president Zaku Tsu-kru, NPF legal cell advisor Timikha Koza, Nagaland Additional  Chief Secretary (Retd) TN Mannan, Advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister Z Lohe and NPF Manipur State Unit president G Gaingam and other members were present in the meeting as presidium members.

Speaking at the meeting, Advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister Z Lohe said that NPF’s entry in Manipur was aimed at bringing peaceful co-existence and communal harmony.

NPF is not exclusively for Nagas, all the people can join the party, he said.

Before the coming of Jesus Christ, Kangpokpi may remain as Kangpokpi and Senapati may remain as Senapati but after the coming of Jesus Christ all would become one, Z Lohe said.

Though Nagaland is NPF’s homeland, the party has been working to consolidate and strengthen its position by opening branches in many States.

NPF would certainly retain power in the Nagaland State Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2013, he declared.

Nagas have been fighting for sovereignty, and for this NSCN-IM and the Government of India  Nagas have been fighting for sovereignty, and for this NSCN-IM and the Government of India have been carrying on a political dialogue.

Saying that NSCN-K has also been holding political dialogue with New Delhi, Lohe said that a ‘comfortable arrangement” would be achieved at the end of these dialogues. The 11 seats which the Nagas get in the Manipur Legislative Assembly may appear to be a small figure but this is the era of coalition Governments.

Pledging that the 11 NPF MLAs would be made a strong political force, Z Lohe expressed certain reservations if the Naga people go against emotional integration.

NPF Manipur State unit president G Gaingam stated that the time has come for Nagas’ justice.  At this moment, it is crucial for the Nagas to form a common platform.  Under the prevailing situation, Naga people do not have any faith in any political party including Congress.

It is quite opportune for the NPF to spread its branches to all Naga inhabited areas, Gaingam said.

Source: The Sangai Express

Kuki Liberation Organisation reacts on clarification of NSCN/GPRN

Imphal, Oct 12: The NSCN/GPRN has made a big mistake by issuing a clarification statement in the media over Khullen Khailet problem, a Kuki village in Chandel district, alleged Kuki Liberation Organisation/Kuki Liberation Army ( KLO/KLA) General Secretary L Timothy Kuki.

The statement came when L Timothy was speaking to NNN at KLO/KLA GQ at Saikul, Senapati district on Wednesday regarding a press statement issued by NSCN/ GPRN published on October 10 in some local dailies.

Timothy Kuki said the NSCN/GPRN does not need to involve into the Kuki village problem and if there is a problem “we are ready to solve it by ourselves.”

“Khullen Khailet is a Kuki village in Chakpikarong sub-division, Chandel district. It does not fall under the jurisdiction of NSCN/GPRN. The group has never been there or stationed there before”, said Timothy.

The organization will not sit ideally against those persons who found advising NSCN/ GPRN, he warned.

“The then SDO/BDO of Chakpikarong, P Sana had misused the funds meant for MGNRGS wages totaling nearly Rs 3 lakh within a very short tenure of two months”, the Kuki militant leader alleged.

“P Sana hired NSCN/GPRN to conceal the fact and to save his own image without any concrete reason .The officer is now working as SDO/BDO of Tamei, Tamenglong district”, Timothy added.

“The NSCN/GPRN should not make any press clarification in the future without having the truth because such act would tarnish their organization”, the KLO/KLA General Secretary said.

According to the press statement issued by NSCN/ GPRN, it was stated that Nehkhojang Haokip was not the chief of Khullen Khailet. But Timothy said Nehkhojang himself has been the chief of the same village since decades.

Source : The Sangai Express

United Naga Council for end to fratricidal clash

 Imphal, Oct 11 : In the wake of the ambush on NSCN (IM) on October 7 by the newly set up Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) at a spot in between in Taosang village and Leishok village in Nungba sub-division of Tameng-long district, the United Naga Council (UNC) has appealed to all Naga groups to refrain from such incidents.

The ambush left five NSCN (IM) cadres and  a civilian driver killed and five men of the outfit injured.

“ It is our appeal to all Naga groups to refrain from such acts so that the collective future of our people can be secured with peace and harmony and to open up to the healing and fortifying movement for Naga Reconciliation,” said a UNC statement issued to the press today.

At present the UNC is imposing an indefinite blockade on all National Highways to denounce the State Government’s alleged attempt to create new districts after bifurcating Naga-dominated areas.

While expressing shock over the ambush on NSCN (IM) members, the UNC said at this point in time when Nagas are clamoring for reconciliation within the Naga family, such an unfortunate incident is a blot on the reconciliation process that has seen much progress and has been very encouraging.

“We extend our deeply felt condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to those who were injured,” said the UNC, which is also spearheading the ongoing campaign for an alternative administrative arrangements for the Nagas in Manipur by severing all ties with the State Government.

The UNC also thanked various Zeliangrong civil bodies, frontal organizations, the Inpui Naga Union and individuals who had taken much pain to ensure that the dead bodies are given ‘an honorable farewell’ for their last journey back to their respective native places  and also for ensuring the safe evacuation of the injured for urgent medical treatment.

Many had condemned the incident.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

ZUF and NSCN-IM clash once again

 IMPHAL, Oct 10: Fresh gun battle reportedly broke out between the armed cadres of NSCN (IM) and Zeliangrong  United Front (ZUF) at Panphai village under Khoupum Police Station in Tamenglong district at around 12.30 pm today.

The exchange of firing from both sides lasted for more than 1 hour. But there is no report of any casualty till the time of filing this report.
According to information received by the press, the confrontation took place while armed cadres of NSCN (IM) were coming to destroy the hideouts of ZUF cadres.

It may be recalled that in the last gun-battle which took place in the evening of October 7 at a spot in between Toushang  and Leisok villages under Khoupum police station in Tamenglong district, six persons including five armed cadres of NSCN (IM) and one civilian have been killed, while five others sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, the Rongmei Lu Phom (RLP), Assam, Manipur and Nagaland has deplored the encounter between ZUF and NSCN (IM) at Sitheilong (Leishok village) in the evening of October 7 in which five NSCN (IM) cadres and a civilian driver lost their lives and caused injuries to few others.

Decrying the incident and calling for restraint, RLP, Khoupum area also reportedly took out a procession on October 8 from Gaidimjang to Dam site and back to Gaidimjang via Thhangagong, Daithaojang and Gatao village. The procession was attended by around 2000 women.
A statement signed by President of RLP Khoupum area P Meireina  and General Secretary G Sobi Gangmei informed that womenfolk have been trying their best to ease the tense situation and prevent both ZUF and NSCN (IM) from any possible confrontations in future. The womenfolk also escorted both the parties upto to distant place so as to avoid possible encounter and restore peace and normalcy in the area.

RLP women members belonging to Leisok, Taosang and Nungag retrieved the dead bodies and bathed the slain cadres as well as the civilian second driver of the Shaktiman before they were taken to Noney, the statement informed, adding that the incident has created a fear psychosis among the people of Khoupum valley area of Zeliangrong region.

RLP has also urged the Government of Manipur as well as the Government of India  to take up necessary measures for restoration of peace and stability in the area.

On the other hand, Soubunglong Village Authority, Women Society, Youth Club and all the villagers expressed shock over the gun-battle which broke out between ZUF and NSCN (IM) at the outskirts of the village on October 7 evening.

In a statement, Khunbu/Chairman of the village authority G Gaibulung  described the loss of some precious lives and injuries to some others in the incident as unfortunate and stated that incident has caused panic among  the villagers.

The village authority has also appealed to all concerned to restrain themselves from repeating such acts of violence in Zeliangrong area.
Peace and reconciliation must continue for the good of all in the Naga inhabited areas, in particular and Manipur State at large, the village authority maintained.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

 

Naga bodies condemn ZUF-NSCN (IM) shootout

IMPHAL, October 10: Various Naga based organizations have condemned the October 6 shoot-out between the ZUF and the NSCN (IM) killing five NSCN (IM) cadres and a civilian driver.

The Naga Peoples’ Organization in a press release has stated that “Any attempt by any Naga revolutionary group to jeopardize and disturb the ongoing Naga reconciliation process at the backdrop of positive Indo-Naga peace talk is unacceptable and detrimental to peaceful solution. The Naga People’s Organization (NPO) strongly condemns the factional fighting killing 5(five) NSCN-IM and an innocent driver by ZUF/ZTF, erupting near Taosang and Leishok Village, Nungba sub-division between Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and NSCN-IM. It is against any escalation of the present situation and appeals for immediate end of offensive from both the camps”.

It has further added that the recent development has over the efforts of the FNR to reconcile all Naga factional groups to achieve peaceful resolution to the Naga issue and has as such appealed to all concerned to exercise maximum restrain and end the bloodshed.
In a separate press release, the Rongmei Lu Phuam (RLP) has also expressed anguish over the shootout at Sitheilong (Leishok) village.

It has further stated that the RLP had launched a rally on October 8 starting from Gaidimjang to Dam site and back to Gaidimjang, which was participated by around 2000 women folk of the area denouncing the bloodshed in the area.

It has also stated that, after the incident, womenfolk of the area had tried hard to subdue the tense situation and prevented further confrontation between the two sides.
The women of the area had also escorted both parties after the incident so as to avoid any possible encounter late in the night, it further stated.

It has further stated that civilians of the area are facing acute fear psychosis especially in the Khoupum area and as such urged the state government and the centre to bring about stability and peace in the area.

Meanwhile, the PNTM (Poumai Naga Students’ Union) in a separate press release has also condemn the incident.

Source: Imphal Free Press