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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Breakdown of law and order in Nagaland: Hokheto Sumi

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Kohima, 20 October, ( The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) questioned the rationality of the State Home Minister as to how the latter portrayed the State as one of the most "eaceful States" in the region.

Talking to Asian Tribune here at the Congress Bhavan today, NPCC President Hokheto Sumi termed as "ridiculous" the remarks made by Home Minister Thenucho that Nagaland was one of the most peaceful States in the region.

"When killings, kidnappings, robberies, bomb blasts, etc. have been rampantly and regularly taking place in the State, how can you say that the State is one of the most peaceful States in the region," he asked. Even the civilians have been frisked by the underground cadres under the very nose of the State’s law enforcement agencies, besides there have been fear psychosis fast creeping into the minds of the general publics, he said. Therefore his claims that the State was one of the most peaceful States in the region was "nonsense and mockery," the NPCC chief blasted.

He also attacked ruling NPF party chief and Minister Dr Shurhozelie for trying to shirk responsibility for State’s total failure to maintain law and order. "How can he (Shurhozelie) say that the State Government has no role in containing the law and order problem in the State just because the underground groups maintained ceasefires with the Government of India?"

"If clashes are taking place between the Naga underground cadres and security forces of India, that is political but when underground themselves started killing each other or clashing each other, it has become law and order of the State," Sumi elucidated. "Because it is a clash within the family and there is State Government and in that State, such incidents are taking place." Therefore, it should be looked after by the State Government, the NPCC chief asserted.

Reiterating what happened in the State was the law and order issue and the State subject; Sumi described the failure of the DAN Government in curbing the prevailing situation in the State as "breakdown of the law and order in Nagaland."

"As far as present ceasefires are concerned, no clash is there between the security forces and the underground group and therefore, the question of abrogation of the ceasefire do not arise," the NPCC chief maintained.

- Asian Tribune -

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