‘Ceasefire applicable to both groups of NSCN’

The truce supervisory board has clarified that the ceasefire of two Naga underground outfits is in vogue with both NSCN faction.

Kohima: Ending all speculations over status
of ceasefires with two Naga underground outfits after their
split, the truce supervisory board has clarified that the
ceasefire is in vogue with both NSCN faction one led by SS
Khaplang and other by Khole Konyak.

A vertical split occurred in NSCN(K) in the first week
of June leading to confusion over enforcement of truce ground
rules and standard operation procedures (SOP) among police and
security forces.

The state government last month wrote to the Union Home
ministry to clarify whether the ceasefire is applicable only
to the group led by Khaplang or both since the truce pact was
signed with NSCN(K) in 2001.

Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) chairman Maj Gen
(retd) Eppen Jacob after holding a meeting with the senior
functionaries of the group led by Khole and Kitovi Zhimomi at
Chumukedima police complex, had told newsmen on Monday that since
both the groups expressed desire to continue with the
cessation of hostility, the truce ground rules were now
applicable to both the factions.

Jacob today held a meeting with leaders of the
NSCN(K) at the same venue attended by Nagaland Home
commissioner Banuo Z Jamir, additional DGP (Adm) S T Sangtam,
inspector general of Assam Rifles (IGAR-North) Maj Gen Sandeep
Singh, DIG of CRPF A N Pandey and others.

In the meetings both the groups assured to abide by the
agreed ground rules and shift the cadres to designated camps
but proposed opening of a few new camps in different parts of
the state.

The meetings held in the backdrop of reported standoff
between the armed cadres of both groups at Suruhuto in
Zunheboto district with the government representatives in the
CFSB asking the underground leaders to immediately vacate the
area and recall all cadres to their respective designated


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