Whispers amid shouts of Victory, Manipur people in pain

Did a section of Home Ministry officials and a section of military intelligence provoke the sudden outbreak of violence in the North eastern states, including the deadly Manipur killing? In the light of the latest Indian military operation two kilometres inside the Burma border, were the slain soldiers the ‘eggs’ for the larger omelette: domination of the north east sector?

Piecing together reports from Asian Age and other media sources , it seems that the violence in the trouble-torn Northeast states including Manipur, have been the fallout of abrupt break down of ceasefire agreement with the Khaplang faction of the NSCN, which was provoked by a section of officials in the home ministry and military intelligence.

This is what the security agencies have reported to the Union home minister Rajnath Singh who decided to order a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in to the killings of 18 Assam Rifles soldiers in Manipur on June 4.

Disclosing that the Union home minister was kept in the dark about the developments leading to break down of the cease-fire agreement with the NSCN-K, authoritative security sources in the home ministry told the Asian Age that investigation has revealed that two Naga leaders, Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, who were expelled by the leader Mr Khaplang himself, were used by security agencies to break the ceasefire.

Earlier, Officials in the home ministry planted news through a news agency — Vision Communications — that the New Delhi would end the on-going ceasefire by March 31. The home ministry had not yet taken any decision on not extending the ceasefire with the NSCN-K. Security sources said that the home ministry officials, instead of denying rather, floated news in media of Northeastern states that the home ministry was not going to extend the ceasefire with Khaplang faction after March 31.. Moreover, the NSCN-K cadres were allowed to leave “designated camps” with arms and ammunitions without any resistance from the Indian Army in Nagaland.

A section of the media reports  that military intelligence in connivance with a section of home ministry officials had lured the NSCN-K commanders. Security sources said that Wangtin Naga was told that his bank account containing nearly `three crores of rupees’ would defreeze if he helps in breaking the ceasefire. Though, he refused to fall in line.

In a startling revelation the report sent to Mr Rajnath Singh pointed out that a top home ministry official who was constantly in touch with Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh travelled to Arunachal Pradesh to meet the NSCN-K commanders a week before Mr Khaplang announced the unilateral decision to break the ceasefire.

The top home ministry officials and MI sleuths in New Delhi were not happy over the decision of the Narendra Modi government to remove the Army from counter-insurgency operations in phased manner, security sources said. If Naga rebel groups are taken on board, no insurgent groups would be able to sustain their armed struggle for a long time in the Northeast.

Meanwhile, the NIA last Sunday registered a case to probe the killing of 18 Army personnel in Chandel district of Manipur, the worst ever attack. According to a NIA spokesperson, the case was registered in the agency’s Guwahati branch under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Meanwhile the locals living in the Chandel and other areas are facing the Army music.

In the light of the recent developments, any hope that the draconian AFSPA law that allows armed and security forces to ride rough shod over the rights of the citizens of the north east will be lifted has disappeared.

Some stray facts: Local news media highlight stories that Indian government may end ceasefire. Tripura announces scrapping of AFSPA (Armed forces special powers act). Manipur intensifies pleas that the AFSPA be removed. The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) reject ceasefire. Attack on armu at Chandel. Army opts for a ‘pre-emptive’ strike across the Burma Border. In the meanwhile AFSPA is now firmly in place. No question of lifting it in sight. Result: days of terror for the villages and settlements along Manipur.

 

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