Naga group protests in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Students of ethnic Naga group protested here after Thuingaleng Muivah, leader of the rebel National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah, was not allowed to visit Manipur.

The Manipur Government banned the entry of Muivah as he planned to visit last week to Somdal.

"See, in the past few days we have shown our disdain towards what the state government has done to our people. And it has really anguished us. Our parents are flying from all indigenous places, our brothers have been killed, many of our brothers and sisters have been injured," said David, a Naga student union leader.

"We wanted to send this message to the union government that we are not at all satisfied with what the government has been saying and doing right now, especially the Ibobi Singh Government," he added.

Violent clashes between Muivah's supporters and security forces at the border town of Mao resulted in the death of two women protestors and left over 50 others injured. Earlier, the All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) had called for a two-day shutdown in the state.

The NSCN-IM had agreed to a ceasefire in August 1997 and launched a peace process with the Central Government to bring an end to the longest-running insurgency in India.

The rebel group has participated in several rounds of talks with central officials since the start of the ceasefire.

But talks between the two sides have not made progress over the rebels' main demand of unification and eventual independence of Naga-dominated areas in northeast India. (ANI)

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