'Centre's attitude towards us step-motherly'
Accusing the Centre of adopting a step-motherly attitude towards it, the Khaplang wing of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) has asked the government to "rein in" activities of its rival NSCN faction.
"At present the government is concentrating only on the NSCN-IM and our issue has been more or less sidelined," top NSCN-K leader A Z Jami told PTI.
"NSCN-IM cadres have been violating ceasefire rules and attacking our members. But the government measures to check their activities have been far from satisfactory," he alleged.
An NSCN-K team held discussions with the Centre last week and discussed issues relating to ceasefire ground rules.
"Our foremost demand to the government was to stop the NSCN-IM from attacking our cadres," Jami said.
"We also demanded shifting of our ceasefire board office and strengthening the ceasefire ground rules," he said.
Another senior NSCN-K leader K Mulatonu, who is also the supervisor of the group's ceasefire supervisory board, said several issues relating to the rival faction indulging in unbearable activities were discussed.
"The activities of NSCN-IM are not good for the ongoing truce between the security forces and the NSCN-K," Mulatonu said.
The government for the first time announced a truce with NSCN-K in 1998, which has been extended since then several times. The current ceasefire expires on April 27, 2008.