Kohima, April 27: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) today rebutted reports of Intelligence Bureau that China was funding Maoists in the Northeast, including in Nagaland.
An NSCN statement said Maoist activities or presence in the other states cannot be ruled out but in Nagaland, if there is any activity or presence as alleged, it is certainly the creation of the Assam government and the Centre.
The outfit said the Assam government brought refugees from every corner and made them settle in the plains of Nagaland, bordering Assam, in order to make buffer zone between Assam and Nagaland.
But the objective of the Assam government turned out to be counter-productive, the statement said.
The outfit said there was a hue and cry about the presence of Maoist camps and their cadres along the Nagaland-Assam disputed belt.
“Therefore, if there are any Maoists or their camps on Nagaland border then this is the creation of the Assam and the government of India. They should not blame others for their wrong doings,” the statement added.
Regarding the April 19 incident when the outfit captured five Assam Rifles personnel along with their arms, the NSCN said it had occurred because of deliberate intrusion by the forces into its council headquarters to provoke cadres.
“This was done against the ceasefire ground rules and the spirit and meaning of ceasefire between two conflicting parties. Under this pretext, the government of India created actual warlike situations in all the Naga-inhabited areas through the ever notorious Assam Rifles,” the statement said.
The outfit said the incident not only disturbed and harassed the NSCN cadres, but created serious tension among the Naga people.
The security personnel were released after daylong negotiations between the outfit and the representatives from the Centre led by chairman of the ceasefire monitoring group, Maj. Gen. N. George.
There were also reports of security forces restricting movement of NSCN (I-M) cadres in Manipur.
The situation, however, has been partially resolved through the efforts of NSCN leaders as well as the leaders of Naga social workers, including the Naga women organisations.
“The NSCN appreciates the efforts of Naga Hoho and its frontal organisations, the Naga Students’ Federation and its frontal organisations, the Naga women organisations at all levels and also those individuals and groups for rendering their services to defuse the tension and resolve the crisis,” the NSCN said.