NSCN (IM) calls shutdown to protest GoI’s silence on framework agreement

DIMAPUR, 2 Aug: The NSCN (IM) on Sunday gave a call for a 12-hour shutdown in all Naga-inhabited areas including in parts of Arunachal from 2 August midnight to register protest against what it termed the government of India’s silence on the framework agreement signed six years ago.

The Issac-Muivah-led Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim or the NSCN (IM) has been holding negotiations with the central government since 1997, and the two sides signed a framework agreement in August 2015.

Attempts at bringing about lasting peace in Nagaland have stalled since June with the NSCN (IM) opposing a bid by the central government to stop it from collecting taxes by declaring that taxation is the sovereign right of the government and money collected by Naga groups as taxes amounted to extortion.

In a statement, the NSCN (IM) said, “Six years down the line, there is no positive response yet from the government of India. The Nagas cannot be taken for a ride in this manner.”

“While Naga people appreciate the government of India for recognizing the historical and political rights of the Nagas by signing the framework agreement, the matter should not end there. What had been committed should be taken to a logical conclusion,” it said.

The Naga group expressed dismay that the Centre is yet to fulfil its commitment to the Naga peace process as made in the framework agreement signed on 3 August, 2015.

Mentioning that there will be a closure of shops and business establishments in all Naga-inhabited areas till 3 August noon, the NSCN (IM) appealed to the people, business groups, regional authorities, and civil society organizations to observe the shutdown. (PTI)