Centre holds fresh talks with Naga groups
New Delhi had sent a deadline to complete negotiations and ink the agreement by October 31. The sudden discordance in the talks, however, makes signing of the peace deal unlikely.Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 03:17 IST
New Delhi’s interlocutor and Naga militants groups had another round of talks on Wednesday to iron out hurdles to the elusive peace settlement.
The NSCN (IM) – the biggest Naga insurgent group –wants a lose federal relation which includes a separate flag and separate status and even integration of Naga inhabited areas. New Delhi, which has recently stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, is not keen. In contrast, New Delhi has offered the Nagas a mechanism to promote their culture and history.
New Delhi had sent a deadline to complete negotiations and ink the agreement by October 31. The sudden discordance in the talks, however, makes signing of the peace deal unlikely, a senior government official who did not want to be named said.
Other Naga militant groups who have been bunched together to form the Naga National Political Party’s (NNPGs) are being separately engaged by New Delhi. Earlier this month, Nagaland Governor and Naga Interlocutor RN Ravi had issued a strongly worded statement calling out the NSCN(IM).
Meanwhile on the ground, Nagaland is in a heightened state of alert. We are ready. Precautionary measures are in place for some days now,” said Nagaland DGP TJ Longkumer explaining how intensive checking is on in the state and the police is leaving nothing to chance.
He, however, said there is no communication from any quarters on the developments in the talks or the likelihood of a pact.
Another top state bureaucrat also said on condition of anonymity on Wednesday that there is no communication from New Delhi on the developments.
“Things are normal as of now. In terms of forces, an additional IRBN has been sent a couple of days back,” said deputy commissioner of a Nagaland district bordering Myanmar.
In neighbouring Assam, police is on heightened alert in the bordering districts.
“Situation is normal but we are on a high alert to deal with any situation,” said Gaurav Upadhyay, Superintendent of Police, Karbi Anglong.
On Tuesday, SPs of some bordering districts from Assam and Nagaland sat down in Charaideo district to discuss the situation.
(Inputs by Sadiq Naqvi in Guwahati)