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No truce in Manipur: Minister

- Govt taking action against NSCN cadres: Gaikhangam

Imphal, July 21: Manipur deputy chief minister Gaikhangam today said the ceasefire between the Centre and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) was not extended to the state and as such there were no designated camps of the outfit in the state.

Replying to a question posed by R.K. Anand Singh, a member of Congress, in the Assembly, Gaikhangam said the NSCN (I-M) had frequently “disturbed” law and order in the state by committing a series of crimes, including killings, extortion and kidnappings.

He said the government was not silent. “Manipur police have registered 455 cases against NSCN (I-M) cadres and arrested as many, including a deputy kilonser (minister), since the ceasefire began in 1997,” he added.

The question was raised in the wake of the killing of a member of Ukhrul autonomous district council, Ngalangzar Malue, allegedly by NSCN (I-M) cadres, on July 12. The police later arrested eight cadres of the outfit from its office at Phungreithang in Ukhrul town. The district administration has imposed prohibitory orders and deployed additional police commandos and IRB personnel in Ukhrul town since Sunday to prevent any protest against the arrest.

Anand Singh alleged that though officially there was no designated camp in Manipur, in reality there were camps in the Naga-dominated districts of Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Chandel and Senapati.

He urged the state government to clarify its policy on the activities of the NSCN (I-M) in the state.

Gaikhangam said, “We have been constantly urging the Centre not to allow the NSCN (I-M) to operate in Manipur or open designated camps for it in the state. The state government is taking every necessary action against the outfit.”

He said the government was taking a tough stand against any individual or group acting against society.