Naga students urge authority to intervene
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, January 29 2009: Expressing concern over the tumultuous situation prevailing in and around Shirui village under Ukhrul district regarding the stand off between the NSCN (IM) and 17 Assam Rifles, All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and its constituent bodies have appealed to the concerned authorities to immediately intervene in order to amicably resolve the 'war like situation'.

David Adani Choro, president of ANSAM, Reisangpem Shaiza, general secretary of ANSAM, Kuba Peter, president, Senapati District Students' Association (SDSA), GH Newmeh, chairman of Zeliangrong Students' Union, Manipur (ZSUM), SK Stephen, president of Naga Students' Union, Chandel (NSUC) and PR Jordan, president, Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS), have said today that many innocent civilians were in the web of an apparent armed conflict with the incident of condoning, cutting of water and food supply line and power supply of NSCN camp at Shirui by 17 Assam Rifles which may result in huge loss of lives and properties of the innocent civilians.

The Naga students' bodies also alleged that the unfortunate unhealthy attitude displayed by the Government of India (GOI) through 17 AR undermining the series of Prime Ministerial talks was very unpleasant for Indo-Naga peace process in particular and to all the peace loving people.

In this regards, the student bodies appealed to all concern authorities to immediately intervene in order to amicably resolve the war like situation at Shirui village, Ukhrul.

They also informed that with the signing of the Indo-Naga ceasefire and the subsequent various rounds of political talks, the Naga people had welcome and cherished the hard won peace for the last more than ten years.

However, on January 19 at around 2 am 17 AR cordoned off the NSCN camp, alleged the student organisations reminding that the NSCN camp was established few years back with the knowledge of the GOI and that the camp had been visited by the Indian armed forces on one to two occasions.