Anti-tax group under NSCN-IM scanner
Source: Hueiyen News Service / NNN

Dimapur, November 04 2013: Even as the Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) is working hard against the rampant imposition of tax on the people by various underground groups and government agencies, the NSCN-IM said the former has no authority to dictate the people.

It can be noted here that a large number of people turned out on October 31 to join the rally in Dimapur to air their anguish against unabated taxation and illegal collections by Naga underground groups and government agencies/departments.

During the rally, a 3-point resolution was passed which it claimed was legitimate, true and binding on the state government and Naga underground groups, according to ACAUT.

Reacting to various activities of ACAUT, the NSCN-IM said today, "As compelled by the unwarranted political situation created by the so-called Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT), the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) breaks its silence to inform the Naga people in particular and the world in general of its stand on collection of taxes.

After the failure and surrender of Naga National Council (NNC) to the enemies through the Shillong Accord (1975), NSCN was formed in the line of the national principle and mandated by the National Assembly for continuing the resistance movement till to the last.

The patriots under the banner of NSCN with strong conviction and faith fought against the enemies of all hues in the east, in the west and everywhere safeguarding the issue thus far with heavy price" .

NSCN-IM said it has not deserted from the national trust mandated to us by the Naga people to bringing about an early negotiated political settlement with the Government of India (GoI).

Accordingly, GoI and NSCN are engaged in dialogue at the highest level, without any condition and in a third country to working out solution on the bases of the 'Unique history and situation of the Nagas.' NSCN is a recognized entity because the communities of the world and even GoI have recognized it.

It is an open book to all that the cease-fire agreement between GoI and Khaplang (NSCN- K) that reads, 'Security forces will retain the right to enforce measures to uphold the laws of the land and prevent any disturbance to peace' is a sellout.

The law of the land is nothing but the constitution of India.

"Therefore, can they represent the aspiration of the Naga people?," the NSCN-IM asked.

No one should doubt about it that NSCN is the only authentic political organization of the Naga people.

It has been running Naga national government for decades defending the historical and political rights of the Nagas, the Naga outfit said.

"But what is this ACAUT? What authority does a committee have to dictate the Naga people or NSCN? Even then, NSCN leadership tried to understand with the ACAUT leaders a number of times for amicable understanding through dialogue, but they have not respected our good will gestures.

Who are these sections of people who in the name of "democracy" or "freedom of speech" are attempting to hijack the name of the Naga people by organizing an acrimonious rally on the 31stOctober, 2013 in Dimapur with the full backing of the Indian armed forces? What further situation do they want to create? The militarized rally speaks volume of their treacherous hidden agenda.

Who are the enemies of the Nagas and who are the traitors? Is it NSCN? Never!!! What are the contributions of the ACAUT leaders to the cause of the Nagas? Why the ACAUT has to share platform with some anti-national elements, retired and worn out Indian government officers and the agents of Indian intelligent wing? Are they the advocates of the Naga people? It is topsy-turvy!!! In fact, it is they who have been continuously spreading manipulated and concocted lies that has been poisoning the minds of the Nagas through mass media.

Do you think that they are the allies of revolution? Are they the champion of the national cause? We don't think so.

Who are the false preachers? Is it NSCN or they?," the NSCN-IM posed several questions and added, "Let the people judge it" .

"Who is the mother of ACAUT? Some elements of the Dimapur Naga Council (DNC) have consciously or unconsciously created a Frankenstein out of a rat.

Since you have created it you must own it to your own risk.

You are the author of this commotion.

The Committee (ACAUT) says, "One government one taxation." What is that government? Who are running that government? To whom should you pay the tax? You must have the courage to speak out the truth.

"Does those factions who have surrendered to the GoI and their "laws of the land", whether they have any right to represent the Nagas and collect Tax from the Naga people?," the NSCN-IM also questions ACAUT.

"What do you mean by factionalism? How do you legitimize the factions in the name of Naga Political Groups (NPG)? Do you think NSCN is a faction, the mandated organization of the Naga people? You are terribly misinforming and misguiding the general public by equating NSCN with those 'factions.' You have unwittingly or deliberately become the platform of those anti-Naga national elements that propagate hatred and sow seed of dissension among the Nagas in the name of 'unabated taxation.' Are you too ignorant to understand that all people on earth pay taxes to their respective governments? The Naga people too have been paying taxes to NSCN for decades after NNC capitulated to the GoI in the infamous 1975 Shillong Accord.

NSCN has every legitimate right to levy taxes from the people because we undoubtedly are the organization upholding the righteous cause of the Naga nation.." the Naga outfit further stated.

It then claimed that NSCN is the one and only authentic 'political organization' of the Naga people that is protecting the future of the Nagas.

NSCN-IM then said it will not be a silent spectator to the challenge placed before the Naga people.

It further said it will never allow any forces on earth to undermine the cause of the Naga people and their hard earned peace process in the name of 'unabated taxation' or any pretext.

It also said the NSCN-IM does not blame the general public for the recent happenings in Dimapur.

But things have become very clear to us.

It said it has taken serious view on the situation created by ACAUT with ulterior motive.

It is well known to us that ACAUT has become an instrument of adversaries to tarnish the image of NSCN before the world and jeopardize the Indo-Naga political dialogue and in that process trying to weaken the Naga cause, the Naga outfit alleged.

In spite of the fact, the NSCN-IM stated and said it will carry forward the banner of the national movement in the face of all odds.

"The situation you have created has become political, which will have a negative impact on the innocent people.

Whether you are conscious of it or not, enemies have already landed within you.

They are exploiting every situation you have created to their own advantage.

Do you know who were the architects of the 16-point agreement and the Shillong Accord? The phantom of the 16-point agreement is hovering in and around Dimapur.

The battle is drawn once again between the patriots on the one hand and the traitors and reactionaries combined on the other.

We know for sure that all shades of traitors and the enemies' forces will ultimately join you to fight against NSCN.

We are resolved that we shall stand the ground with four millions Naga people in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ if the storm rocks Nagalim again.

See that you do not go too far," the NSCN-IM stated.

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