Naga bodies flay 'wanted' tag
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 12 2010: Chandel Naga People's Organisation (CNPO), Anal Naga Tangpi (ANTA), Naga Students' Union, Chandel (NSUC) have strongly denounced the decision of the State Government proclaiming presidents of UNC and ANSAM as 'wanted' offenders with rewards on their arrest or assistance in arresting them.

In separate statements, the three Naga bodies asserted that declaring the Samson and David as wanted would not solve the present problem and it is inviting more enmity towards the Naga society by the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led Government.

The CNPO statement signed by its president ST Nunghlung said that UNC and ANSAM cover all Naga areas of Manipur and declaring them wanted will not solve the problems arising out of the present economic blockade.

Because there are thousands of Samsons and Davids who are willing to sacrifice their lives for rights of the Nagas.

Demanding amendment of ADC Act, 2008 and declaration of the 'imposed' ADC election as null and void, CNPO warned that otherwise Nagas are ready for any eventuality and the economic blockade would not be lifted .

Information and publicity secretary of NSUC P Wango termed the Government decision as 'suppressive' and called upon all to put pressure upon the Ibobi-led Government to resolve the present issue rather than blaming the blockade supporters.

ANTA general secretary BS Augustine, in another statement, said that the decision of the Government clearly indicates the immaturity of Chief Minister O Ibobi and his administration.

The reason for launching the economic blockade is against the ADC 3rd Amendment Act, 2008, which denies the rights of the tribals, Augustine said, while asking why the Chief Minister is still giving a deaf ear to the genuine demand of the tribals.

To end the present problem the ball is in the court of Ibobi and he should not add salt to the already wounded sentiments of the tribals by issuing wanted tag on the Naga leaders, the ANTA statement said, asserting that the Chief Minister is the sole responsible person for the present state of affairs.