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Assam Rifles-NSCN(I-M) attrition war ends

Iboyaima Laithangbam

IMPHAL: The three-day war of attrition between the Assam Rifles and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaac-Muivah) militants finally came to end on Friday evening as both sides withdrew from the camp site of the militants in Ukhrul district in Manipur.

The Assam Rifles officials said that the camp of the NSCM (I-M) located there was cordoned off from January 19 since there cannot be any designated camp, Manipur not being covered by the ceasefire between the Centre and the NSCN(I-M).

Tension

Tension mounted as the Assam Rifles personnel had taken up positions and did not allow any NSCN(I-M) cadre to come out or move in.

Meanwhile the people of the district had taken out processions in the town demanding peace and an end to the standoff.

Sources close to the NSCN (I-M) said that the Union Home Ministry had instructed both the Assam Rifles and the NSCN(I-M) to vacate the area.

The Assam Rifles sources said that in 2007, another attempt was made to open a designated camp.

However, the militants were evicted and the camp was destroyed. There was yet another attempt to open such a camp at Phungyar.

But the Assam Rifles had destroyed the camp after evicting the cadres. The Assam Rifles sources said that the NSCN(I-M) had requested for safe passage which was granted for bringing about an amicable solution.

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