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NSCN (IM) cadres in eastern Bangladesh contact Mizoram officials for possible transit assistance through state

Top sources said "Colonel" Apum, commander of the NSCN(IM) in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts region, made contact with operatives on Tuesday to intimate them of a possible return to India through Mizoram.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl |
August 4, 2015 8:08:19 pm
Nagaland peace accord, Nalagand accord, Nagaland insurgency timeline, Nagaland Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Nagaland, Nagaland news, India news The NSCN(IM) contingent in Bangladesh has about 50 male and female combatants.

NSCN(IM) cadres holed up in the hilly jungles of eastern Bangladesh have contacted Mizoram authorities saying they might need transit assistance as the state is the shortest and most convenient route through which they can go to Nagaland following the peace agreement between the militant group and the Centre.

Top sources said “Colonel” Apum, commander of the NSCN(IM) in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts region, made contact with operatives on Tuesday to intimate them of a possible return to India through Mizoram.

The NSCN(IM) contingent in Bangladesh has about 50 male and female combatants who remain in a camp not far from the international border near Mizoram’s western Mamit District, a senior official said.

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Another senior official said the contingent could either pass through Mizoram via Mamit town and Aizawl city, the state capital, or through Kolasib district, which borders Assam, depending on their chosen point of entry.

There is as yet no confirmation about when the transit would be, however.

This will not be the first time NSCN(IM) contingents have passed through Mizoram. They had passed through the state at least twice in the 1990s, both leading to encounters with security forces after which some members dispersed into the state’s interiors.

They had also entered south Mizoram less than a decade ago during an internal disagreement that saw several alleged turncoats being murdered and some senior members of the group later arrested by Mizoram Police.

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The Mizo National Front, itself a former insurgent group, meanwhile said in a statement that both Thuingaleng Muivah and Isak Chishi Swu called former CM and MNF supremo Zoramthanga around 9.30 pm on Monday thanking him for his efforts towards a peace deal between the Indian Government and the NSCN(IM).

The MNF also congratulated the leaders over the peace deal and wished them the best that it would lead to a durable solution.

Zoramthanga has served as an emissary of the Centre for peace talks with various insurgent groups in the North-East, and most recently as an interlocutor between Myanmar’s government and an umbrella group of the neighbouring country’s ethnic insurgents.

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First published on: 04-08-2015 at 08:08:19 pm
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