'Officers being summoned to Dpr'
IM group providing shelter to State UGs at designated camps : CM

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 24: Announcing that the State Government has confirmed report of important leaders of underground organisations operating in Manipur taking refuge at Dimapur, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh categorically announced that no designated camp/s of the NSCN (IM) would be allowed to open in Manipur.

Replying to a call attention motion raised by MPP MLA O Joy Singh on the second day of the monsoon session today, the CM, who also holds the Home portfolio, informed the house that the State Government has detailed reports that Dimapur has become a safe haven for some UG leaders, other than the NSCN (IM).

Leaders of these UG outfits who had repeatedly declined offer for negotiated settlement of the niggling militancy problem have moved into NSCN (IM) camps and had been summoning Government officials to dictate terms, said the Chief Minister.

Stating that providing shelter to Manipur UG groups at the NSCN (IM) camps is against the ceasefire ground rules, he said his Nagaland counterpart and the Central Government have been intimated to take appropriate action to stop the unlawful activities of the NSCN (IM) like openly levying tax from goods carriers at Nagaland.

The Ceasefire Monitoring Cell authorities have also been conveyed of the disturbing development at Dimapur, Ibobi claimed.

To the MLA's poser on the uneasy situation gripping Ukhrul district in the aftermath of heightened tension between the Assam Rifles and IM cadres, the Chief Minister asserted that neither would opening of designated camps of the IM group be entertained anywhere in the State nor would the outfit's cadres be allowed free movement.

He further clarified that soon after receiving information of the IM group having established a designated camp at Mapithel area Assam Rifles officials were asked to authenticated the report to which the latter denied the report.

The AR officials, however, confirmed that some NSCN (IM) cadres had temporarily set up a camp at Mapithel area some time back, maintained the CM.

Inspite of the CM's assertion, Joy highlighted that there were incidents of sporadic skirmishes between the AR and NSCN (M) activists after the paramilitary force objected to the designated camps of the UG group.