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21 April 2011

Attack On Manipur MLA For Betraying Nagas: NSCN (IM)

By Iboyaima Laithangbam

A Manipur Police commando inspecting the damaged vehicle of the MLA in the ambush.

Accuses Keishing of colluding with Chief Minister

Imphal, Apr 21 : The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has claimed that the ambush of independent MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing on April 15 was for ‘betraying' the Naga tribals.

The statement issued by the NSCN (IM) on Tuesday night at Dimapur in Nagaland accused Mr. Keishing of colluding with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to stand against the interest of Naga tribals. It also warned that Mr. Keishing must be prepared to face people's punishment.

However, the statement does not specifically say that the militant outfit had carried out the ambuscade.

Six Manipur Rifles troopers and two civilians were killed besides six wounded in the attack.

The outfit, however, regretted the killing of innocent persons.

Mr. Keishing was one of the Naga MLAs who had announced resignation from the Assembly in 2007 at the behest of the United Naga Council, which said the Nagas had severed ties with the Manipur government.

For the second time, the Naga MLAs submitted resignation to the Speaker. However, the matter has been pending as the Speaker is examining it.

The demand for upgrading the Phungyar Assembly constituency to a full-fledged district was another ploy to allow the non-tribals to settle in the tribal areas.

This “contradicts the issue of the Naga integration,” the NSCN(I-M) statement said.

However, Mr. Keishing told The Hindu that the upgrading of the Phungyar constituency did not hinder the process of Naga integration.

On Monday night, two hand grenades were hurled into the Imphal house of Kashim Ruivah, another Naga MLA. There was no casualty. There is no claim by any militant outfit. Security has been stepped up for the MLA.


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