Dimapur, May 2, 2019
After a five-day standoff between the Assam Rifles and the NSCN-IM in the Sihai village, about 5 km from Khamasom near the Indo-Myanmar border in Ukhrul district of Manipur, the later has vacated their camp.
Defence PRO Col C Konwer, in a press release, has mentioned that with both sides stationing their reinforcements in the area, following the location of the camp by the security forces, a standoff was going on and finally the NSCN-IM vacated their camp.
The press release further stated that the NSCN-IM vacated its camp in conformity with the ceasefire ground rules by using the “good offices” of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) chairman and civil society organisations.
The release also added that the security forces were careful not to escalate the situation “in spite of provocation from NSCN-IM”. The security forces approached the CFMG chairman though he has no “mandate” beyond Nagaland, maintaining the momentum in negotiations achieved after signing of the Framework Agreement with the NSCN-IM.
It may be mentioned, suspected temporary hutment type structures were spotted in the forest of Ukhrul (north) during the routine aerial recce by Assam Rifles personnel on April 25th, 2019.