Nov 24: SC Jamir, Governor of Goa and former Chief Minister of Nagaland narrowly survived today - for the fourth time since 1993 - when an attack was made near his home town, Mokokchung,by an unidentified assailant.
The incident occurred near Changki village on Nagaland-Assam border road at around 6:30 am; when he was returning from Mokokchung to Dimapur this morning.
The assailant had reportedly used automatic weapons, grenades and even mortars but the 20-car strong convoy of the Governor managed to resist the fire for over 25 minutes before leaving the scene.
“It’s cowardly act. We condemned the attack,” Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said. After speaking to the Governor earlier in the day, said that he was absolutely safe.
This is the fourth time Jamir had a fortunate escape since 1993 when the Naga strongman was seriously wounded in an attack at Nagaland House, New Delhi.
Another abortive attempt on his life was made in Kohima town in 1995. In1999, he escaped once again an ambush carried out at a place 30-kms from Kohima.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) on September 25 this year had declared Jamir as “anti-people and anti-national” and barred him from entering his home state.
Meanwhile, the state police said that they would study the kind of attack carried out on the Governor.
It must be mentioned here that on Friday in a bloodiest incident 16 people were killed and above 80 people injured after successive bomb blast in three cities, Faizabad, Varanasi and Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh.
NSCN was formed on 31 January 1980 by Isak Chisi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang with a view to oppose Shillong Accord by the then NNC (Naga National Council) with the Indian government. Since then it has been carrying an armed struggle to end Indian government’s sovereignty over Naga people. Differences among the leaders of organisation splited it on 30th April 1988, after an attempt to assassinate Muivah failed. The NSCN split into two factions namely, the NSCN (K) led by SS Khaplang, and the NSCN (IM) led by Isak and Muivah.
NSCN (IM), the dominant insurgent group has been active in violent activities in the state.
NSCN (IM) aims to establish a People’s Republic of Nagaland based on Mao’s ideology.
Its aim is to achieve three alternative objectives:-
May 1994: Responsible for massacre of 16 people in a church in Nagaland.
Dec 1996: Killed 30 people and injured 24, all of whom were Kuki tribesman.
April 1998: Government alleged that NSCN had killed 8 soldiers.
Nov 29, 1999: Attempt was made to kill S C Jamir, the then Chief Minister of Nagaland.
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