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Muivah puts off Manipur visit, 3 killed in stampede

NSCN(IM) leader T Muivah today put off his visit to his ancestral village in Manipur even as three among a crowd waiting to welcome him across the border were killed in a stampede when police fired teargas shells to disperse them.



Visema (Nagaland)/Imphal: NSCN(IM) leader
T Muivah today put off his visit to his ancestral village in
Manipur even as three among a crowd waiting to welcome him
across the border were killed in a stampede when police fired
teargas shells to disperse them.

Official reports reaching Imphal said the Manipur police
fired teargas shells when the crowd waiting at Mao on the
inter-state border in Senapati turned restive and burnt a
vehicle of the India Reserve Battalion.

The police action led to the stampede in which three
persons, including two women, were killed and some others
injured, the reports said, adding the injured were taken to
Senapati.

Muivah, who arrived at Visema village from the NSCN(IM)
headquarters near Dimapur yesterday, said he responded to the
request made by four NGOs to postpone his visit to his
ancestral village of Somdal in Manipur`s Ukhrul district as
they wanted a few days to facilitate proper arrangements.

Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh who flew to Delhi
early morning to brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram on the situation in the state
returned here this afternoon.

Muivah`s visit has been opposed by the Manipur government
on the ground that it would disturb communal amity in the
state. Muivah has defied the government`s direction and said
he would visit his ancestral village.

The NSCN(IM) has been demanding a `greater Nagaland`
proposed to be formed by merging Naga populated areas of
adjoining states, which has been rejected by the Manipur,
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments.

Late last night, four Naga organisations -- Naga Hoho,
NSF, NPMHR and NMA -- appealed to Muivah to postpone his visit
by a few days to "facilitate proper arrangements".

The civil societies in a joint statement said, "We are
of the opinion that this visit should be a memorable and
meaningful one, and we feel your life and service that you
have is very important to us and the Nagas."

The Naga leader said he failed to understand why the
Manipur government was objecting to his visit when the Centre
had given its nod.

On Manipur government issuing prohibitory orders to
prevent his entry, Muivah said the Nagas must resist its
"nefarious designs".

On the on-going peace talks towards finding a lasting
solution to the vexed Naga issue, Muivah said both the Prime
Minister and the Home Minister had expressed their commitment
to resolving the problem through peaceful means.

Noting that the complex Naga problem might not be
resolved at one go, he advocated a step-by-step solution.

PTI

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