NSCN-IM wants seized weaponry back from Centre

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Kohima, Nov 14 (UNI) The Isaac-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has asked the Centre to release arms and ammunition seized during the cease fire period of 1997.

Sources today said that the demand was put forward by the representatives of NSCN-IM, led by its Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) chairman, 'Brig' Phungthing Shimrang, during the monthly closed door meeting, with the representatives of the Central government at Dimapur yesterday .

The threadbare meeting also reviewed the ongoing situation on the implementation of the cease fire ground rules, the sources added.

Discussions were also held on the recent arrest of V Tuccu, a senior NSCN-IM functionary at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, clash between the NSCN-IM and ULFA outfits in Mon district and establishment of NSCN-IM notified camp at Sukhalu village in Zunheboto district.

The meeting was also marked with heated discussions, especially on the implementation of the ceasefire ground rules and the factional clashes between the warring factions and growing tension among the people throughout the state.

Representatives of the outfit, state government additional chief secretary and Commissioner T N Mannen, IGAR(N) Maj Gen K S Sethi, Director General of Police(DGP) J Changkija and other high ranking CRPF and state officials were present in the meeting that was chaired by Lt Gen(Retd) K V Kulkarni.


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