Nagaland Guv RN Ravi (right) is also the interlocutor for Naga peace talks
Nagaland Guv RN Ravi (right) is also the interlocutor for Naga peace talks

While “peace” in insurgency-ravaged Nagaland is caught in an ambiguity, speculations are rife that some kind of announcement is likely to be made by New Delhi soon.

The Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office on Monday issued strict instructions to all the district magistrates not to leave their headquarters.

In an urgent wireless message, C Khanyang Imlong, deputy secretary of CMO told all the deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, sub-divisional officers and extra-assistant commissioners not to leave their respective headquarters.

Copy of Nagaland CMO's wireless message
Copy of Nagaland CMO’s wireless message
Copy of Nagaland CMO’s wireless message

Imlong directed the district magistrates to inform their respective teams about the order of the CMO immediately and to revert back on the actions are taken on the order with immediate effect.

The wireless message also said no official should be allowed to go on leave unless it is a medical emergency, and the permission should be cleared by the Chief Secretary of Nagaland.

Imlong also directed all the deputy commissioners to recall all the officials who are on leave immediately to their respective headquarters with immediate effect.

While senior government officials, as well as the CMO, are tight-lipped on the development, the wireless message has set the panic button.

Nagaland governor RN Ravi on Friday said that the Centre is determined to conclude the Naga peace process without delay.

Ravi, who is also the interlocutor of the Naga peace talks, had said a mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for inking the final agreement on the Naga political issue.

The NSCN (IM) is not happy with the Centre as their demand for a separate Naga national flag and constitution has reportedly been turned down.

Ravi had said that the NSCN (IM) “mischievously dragged in the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it”.

Ravi said a detailed consultative meeting with primary stakeholders of the Naga society was held in view of such “unfortunate attitude” of some NSCN-IM leaders.

Meanwhile, Ravi, during the last few days, reviewed the security situation of Nagaland with police and senior Army officials

Anirban Roy

Anirban Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: editor@nenow.in

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