Let Muivah visit his village in Manipur, say activists

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New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Human rights activists Wednesday urged the government to allow Naga separatist leader Thuingaleng Muivah to visit his native village in Manipur after a gap of 40 years.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 10 noted activists, including Tapan Bose, Rita Manchanda and Sumit Chakravarty, have expressed concern at the ‘heightened tension’ in Manipur following the state government’s decision to stall the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) leader’s visit to Somdal village in Ukhrul district.

The Congress-led Okram Ibobi Singh’s government of Manipur Tuesday asked the central government to stop Muivah’s planned visit, citing a possible law and order problem.

‘We believe that the visit of Muivah was planned, with the government of India allowing it. But the decision of the state government has created a potentially dangerous situation that directly negates the spirit of the Naga peace talks,’ the activists said in the letter.

At Camp Hebron, the NSCN (I-M) council headquarters in Dimapur, Nagaland, Muivah said he was ‘not going to wage war’.

‘We are going to make peace,’ he said.

The general secretary of the NSCN (I-M) landed at Dimapur Airport April 18 from here after camping in New Delhi since March 21 following the latest round of talks with the government of India.

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