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NPMHR demands unconditional release of Ningkhan Shimray

DIMAPUR: Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) while observing five years of “illegal” detention of NSCN (I-M) head of foreign affairs, Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, has appealed to the government of India for his unconditional release. 

Shimray, who is currently in Tihar jail, was “waylaid and abducted” on September 27, 2010 at the Kathmandu International Airport, while he was on his way to attend peace talks at New Delhi. 

NPMHR said the framework agreement had been signed between Government of India (GoI) and NSCN-(I-M) on August 3 this year, but there was no sign of reconciliatory plan for the political prisoners as part of the peace talks. At this juncture, NPMHR said it expected bold and respectable initiatives on the part of GoI on pertinent issues on political prisoners and human rights activists “targeted or exiled” by the state. 

NPMHR said the detention of political prisoners has raised the question of acceptability of “fair terms of political and social cooperation” as desired by GoI. It, therefore, demanded release of all political prisoners unconditionally for a lasting peace. 

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