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Another NSCN (IM) splinter group surfaces in Manipur; Pledges to work for fostering communal amity

IMPHAL, May 19: In yet another startling development, another splinter group of the NSCN(IM) which has since christened itself the United Naga People`s Council, UNPC, has surfaced in Manipur amidst disturbing news of clashes between cadres of the NSCN(IM) and NSCN(U) in Dimapur in neighboring Nagaland.The formal declaration of formation of United Naga People`s Council was made public through the media today in a press conference held this afternoon somewhere in Senapati district. President of the newly formed council, SS Max mentioned that the objective of formation of the United Naga People`s Council was to restore peaceful co-existence amongst the people living in both hills and valley and to safeguard territorial integrity and sovereignty of Manipur.He however added that the new splinter group had no enmity with the revolutionary movements wageed by Naga parent bodies like NSCN (IM), NSCN(K) and NNC.They have their specific objectives and we have ours, he said.In the meantime, narrating the past instances and struggle for the formation of the council, general secretary of the council, Lansha further mentioned that like-minded cadres of the council had been wanting to establish a unique body of Naga revolutionary groups in Manipur state since the past many years considering the existing hatred between the Naga people and people living in the valley, created by certain scheming leaders of NSCN (IM) belonging to a Naga community from the state.He said their team is led by two officials in the rank of colonels, one major, two captains, two full junior full lieutenants, three second lieutenants and 20 trained cadres of the NSCN (IM) had defected during the month of April this year and formed the UNPC in the state on April 30.Mentioning the reason for defection from the NSCN (IM), the general secretary of the organization further mentioned that it was not right or proper for the leaders of the NSCN (IM) to go only by the whims of top leaders mainly belonging to a particular Naga community from Manipur.The NSCN (IM) was trying to break the true historical relations between the hills and valley people of Manipur by using seditious propaganda directly or else through frontal organizations like the UNC and ANSAM.This petty but dark politics is known by every Naga of the north east and even the common public of neighboring Nagaland state, he said.The council general secretary further mentioned that it was the sole objective of the UNPC to eliminate NSCN (IM) from Manipur if they continued to struggle for the disintegration of Manipur. To this end the council would even impose capital punishment on representatives of the UNC and ANSAM who acted as the mouthpiece of the NSCN(IM) and talked about the disintegration of Manipur and tried to drive a wedge in the unique historic relationship between the people of the hills and the valley, he added.The spokesman also mentioned that the UNPC was at present working at the organizational level even though they had their military wing like other revolutionary groups in the state. They would soon activate military action following the completion of the first phase military training, and well trained cadres from the council had already been deputed to various Naga inhabited hill districts of the state.In the meantime, mentioning some of the reasons behind the disintegration within the NSCN (IM) resulting in the formation of the NSCN (U), the spokesman further said that the joint leadership of NSCN had a common goal of creating a true and recognized Naga platform. The NSCN (U) was formed led by the then kilo kilonser home of the NSCN (IM), Azeto after a split from the NSCN (IM) and now major clashes were taking place between the factions, he added.In the meantime, answering queries raised from media persons the council officials during a press conference this afternoon mentioned that till today they had failed to establish any link with the valley based UGs operating in the state.The spokesman further mentioned that their official emblem and flag which were once used by their Naga ancestors would be displayed in the near future following completion of the first phase passing out parade of their cadres.
(Courtesy: IFP)

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