SHILLONG: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) MLA from North Shillong, Adelbert Nongrum has questioned the decision of the police to file cases under IPC against four people for their alleged activities of seeking help from NSCN-IM.
Social activist Joannes Lamare has been arrested along with three others for subversive activities by asking for help from the Naga rebel group, NSCN-IM for forming a new militant group. He was intercepted while returning from the NSCN-IM's camp at Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland. He was arrested near Umiam View Point off the city.
In this connection, the police have registered a case (54 (9)2021 U/S120B/121/121A/34 IPC) at Mawlai Police Station following his arrest. "These people after reaching Shillong had to go under quarantine as they had contracted COVID-19, and were unable to be produced in court," Nongrum said. He further questioned as to how cases could be registered against them when even a proper investigation was yet to be conducted. "If they are involved, the law should take its own course of action but proper investigation should be conducted to find out the truth," he said.
Nongrum also pointed out that since 2015, NSCN-IM has had discussions with the Centre for peace talks and these are going on till today. "The State Government and the police should immediately inform the Centre about the activities of the rebel group NSCN-IM because they are in discussion for peace talks. However, they are also involved in helping and creating new militant outfits in the Northeast," he said.