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Updated: May 7, 2010 00:53 IST

At NGOs instance, Muivah puts off visit to ancestral village

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Security men fire teargas shells to disperse demonstrators who were protesting police deployment to check the entry of NSCN (I-M) leader T. Muivah into Manipur, at Mao gate on Thursday.
PTI Security men fire teargas shells to disperse demonstrators who were protesting police deployment to check the entry of NSCN (I-M) leader T. Muivah into Manipur, at Mao gate on Thursday.

National Socialist Council of Nagalim leader T. Muivah, on Thursday put off his visit to his ancestral village in Manipur, even as three persons in a crowd waiting to welcome him across the border were killed in a stampede when the police fired teargas shells.

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. The dead included two women.

Mr. Muivah, who arrived at Viswema village from the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) headquarters near Dimapur on Wednesday, said he responded to a request by four non-governmental organisations to postpone his visit to Somdal village in Manipur's Ukhrul district to facilitate proper arrangements.

The Manipur government is opposing his visit on the ground that it will disturb communal amity. But a defiant Muivah said he would visit his village.

The NSCN(IM) has been demanding the formation of a ‘greater Nagaland' by merging Naga-populated areas of adjoining States, but the plea has been rejected by the Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments.

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 the Manipur government clamping prohibitory orders to prevent his entry, he said Nagas must resist its “nefarious designs“.

On the ongoing talks, Mr. Muivah said both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram had expressed their commitment to resolve the Naga issue peacefully.

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

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ibobi Singh, who flew to Delhi on Thursday morning to brief the Prime Minister and the Home Minister on the situation in Manipur, returned here in the afternoon.

Late Wednesday night, four Naga organisations —— Naga Hoho, NSF, NPMHR and NMA —— appealed to Mr. Muivah to postpone his visit by a few days to “facilitate proper arrangements“.

Civil society, in a joint statement, said: “This visit should be a memorable and meaningful one, and we feel your life and service that you have are very important to us and the Nagas.”

Dear The Hindu,
I would like to know from where did you get the information that three persons were stampede to death? For your information, three persons were deliberately shot to death by the Manipur police,they were innocent people who were simply expressing their rights.

from:  yekavi
Posted on: May 11, 2010 at 15:38 IST

Dear sir
The people who are killed in Mao Gate protest were not by Stampede but were fired upon by Manipuri police commandos.... it is sad that people who were protesting peacefully for not allowing their leader to come and visit his own place is reported as died due to stampede in such a prominent Newspaper. I wish the Hindu had gathered all the detail information and verify it before putting it online.

from:  Impung Chang
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 23:25 IST

Dear Sir,
Before publishing any report, interact with the both parties to ensure the actual particulars, whether you are justifying the both side, the govt. and the parties ( Govt. = theorists group)relating to any kind of obligations. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram never understand the problem of the actual civil individual who are not reaching to New Delhi without backing of political leaders.
My question Why not the National Journalist/ Print/ visual media not cover or enter into the Nagaland for fact and figure report, coz they afraid whether they will be killed or kidnap by the terrorists, but they are publish that this state is maintaining peace, i call them you come and cover the actual fact from the Non-Nagas, whether they are safe or Not.
I hope you understand, what i want to say you.

from:  Bindian
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 11:41 IST

even as three persons in a crowd waiting to welcome him across the border were killed in a stampede when the police fired teargas shells.
I dnt think that's correct..but i love the hindu

from:  Lungphubou Abonmai
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 03:20 IST

So sad to hear that 3 people have died. May God be with their parents relatives.God bless.

from:  careson
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 02:43 IST

why dont muivah understand all he is causing is communal riots. all he wants to become is a leader of nagaland. he doesnt care about the welfare and welbeing for his own people either. how many villages and houses has burnt into ashes. lives of many has been devastated. may be because of the poor media coverage,the nation has no clue how disturbed is situation in these places. govt of india is just playing like who cares. terror threat in delhi mumbai or disturbances caused by any naxal outfits in other parts of india is nothing in comparison to the situation in manipur. its like some volcano jst waiting to blow up anytime. how much it can affect to all india noone could imagine.its time that centre should be serious for dealing this matter smartly. if centre is thinkin that manipur is a wild card for alternative survival, then thats a realy wrong imagination.

from:  ketuki
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 02:19 IST

Manipur commandos set up a barricade between Khuzama and Mao (border of Nagaland and Manipur) along the National Highway 39 to prevent Muivah from entering Manipur and visiting his ancestral village. The Nagas who were protesting against this restriction were fired upon by Manipur Commandos. At least 4 Nagas were killed and scores injured. Some were assaulted physically by the commandos leading to serious injuries. The injured were mostly shifted to the hospital at Kohima, the capital town of Nagaland. a likely show-down between the NSCN and Manipur commandos, thousands of Nagas living in the border town of Mao have fleet to the nearby villages of Khuzama and Viswema in Nagaland.
Who is to be blamed? The Government of Manipur and the Chief Minister Ibobi Singh for his adamant stand not to allow Muivah to set foot in Manipur and visit his ancestral home? Or the near-sighted Central Government who gave the go ahead to Th Muivah without thinking of the consequences?

from:  Selie Visa
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 01:16 IST
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