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Summons from NIA ‘shock’ Swu

Kohima, Dec. 15: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) has taken strong exception to the summons issued to top leaders of the outfit for interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

In a statement received here this evening, NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu said such a letter was likely to jeopardise the ongoing peace process which has reached a crucial stage. “This has come as a bolt from the blue which has shocked us.”

He said any differences could be settled across the table. Swu said the Centre was trying to impose its “internal law and order system, which could sabotage the talks”.

“NSCN (I-M) has left no stone unturned to understand the difficulties of the government of India but if any difficulties arise, we would be compelled to take the matter to the people,” he said.

Swu said that despite several ups and downs, both the Centre and the outfit had decided to appreciate and respect the complexities of both parties.

He said the NSCN has not wavered from the commitment made on July 11 last year and they have waited for more than a year for the Centre to hammer out a solution to the Naga problem.