Kohima: Hours before the proposed visit of
NSCN-IM `general secretary` Thuingaleng Muivah to Manipur and
the state government banning his entry, Naga civil society
groups today sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s immediate
intervention to lift the ban.
"We will have no option but to take any action that we
will consider appropriate and edifying in our quest for our
rightful place if the Centre did not prevail upon the Manipur
government to lift the ban on Muivah`s entry within 24 hours,"
four Naga bodies said in their `ultimatum` to Singh.
The Manipur government would be solely responsible for
any consequences arising out of the situation if the Naga
leader was not allowed to visit his native village Somdal in
Ukhrul district, the letter said.
"It was with the knowledge and consent of the Centre that
Muivah`s proposed visit was undertaken. Therefore, allowing
the ban by the Manipur government speaks volumes about the
double standard and insincerity on the part of New Delhi in
the Naga peace talks," it said.
The letter was signed by leaders of apex tribal council
Naga Hoho, Naga Students Federation, Naga Mothers Association
and Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights.
The Naga bodies claimed that the proposed visit of Muivah
to his native village in Ukhrul district of Manipur was for
making peace and not for waging war with any community or the
"It is the birth right of every person to visit the place
of his birth. Muivah will be visiting his native village to
meet villagers, relatives and to promote peace in the
region," the letter said.
Copies of the letter were sent to Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram, Centre`s interlocutor on Naga peace process R S
Pandey and Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
The Naga leader is expected to depart for Ukhrul in
Manipur tomorrow from NSCN-IM headquarters Camp Hebron and
stay at Somdal till May 7.
He will visit Ukhrul town on May 8 and return to Somdal
to celebrate Mother`s Day. On May 10, he is scheduled to visit
the nearby Senapati district before returning to Dimapur in
NSCN-IM, one of the oldest and powerful rebel groups in
northeast, is demanding greater Nagaland which it proposed
to be formed by merging Naga populated areas of adjoining
states with Nagaland, which has been rejected by Assam,
Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh governments.