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Home Ministry was kept in the dark about Naga peace pact

Sources said the Home Ministry officials were caught completely unaware when the announcement was made, as they were kept out of the loop about the deal.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi |
Updated: August 5, 2015 8:15:31 am
Nagaland peace accord, Narendra Modi, naga insurgent group, Nalagand accord, Naga insurgency, NSCN(IM), Nagaland insurgency timeline, Nagaland news, Indian Express editorial, IE editorial Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSCN (IM) General Secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, NSA, Ajit Doval and others at the signing ceremony of historic peace accord between Government of India & NSCN, in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

While the exact contours of the agreement reached between the government and NSCN(IM) are yet to emerge, the Home Ministry sources revealed that as soon as the peace deal was announced Monday evening, there were “stirrings in Manipur’’ that had to be allayed.

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“On Monday evening, there were stirrings in Manipur. With the exact details of the deal not yet clear, local groups were anxious that the peace settlement would affect Manipur’s territory. This could have led to a violent backlash and protests. However, the home secretary of the state was immediately briefed to allay any such concern about integration of Naga-inhabited contiguous areas,” said a source.

Sources said the Home Ministry officials were caught completely unaware when the announcement was made, as they were kept out of the loop about the deal.

Any “accord’’ would have to be cleared by the Union Cabinet, sources said.

“It appears that the new deal is a framework agreement, and within its contours, the agreement reached between the government and NSCN (IM) at a meeting on July 18, 2011 at a BSF mess in Nizamuddin will be taken forward. There is a mutually signed agreement in the latest deal. But in 2011, merely a joint statement was issued,” they added.

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