North East Students’ Organization Condemns Nagaland Civilian Killings, Demands AFSPA Repeal

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  • Ezrela Dalidia Fanai, NET Correspondent, Mizoram

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Sunday has issued a statement expressing their deep shock and anger against the barbaric act of security forces, which led to the death of civilians at Oting Village in Mon district of Nagaland.

This heinous act of killing the innocent civilians deserves the heinous condemnation, stated the press release.

“This incident brings back horrific memories of the past where on numerous occasions the security forces massacre, torture the innocent villagers and even rape the women folk for days on end in the name of fighting insurgency.” – asserted the release.

“It is to be mentioned that the armed forces have been operating in NE with impunity and they are further emboldened with the imposition of a Draconian Law known as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA) in which the Government of India has not only refused to repeal but decided to continue the imposition of this draconian act even though there have been massive peoples movement for the repeal of this Act.” – the release further reads.

NESO, through their Press Statement expressed their feeling that the centre does not want peace to prevail in North East so that it can continue with its plan to militarize the region and can suppress the voice of the indigenous peoples through military power.

NESO Press Release

The students union demanded the Centre to repeal AFSPA, if it is really concerned about the welfare and well being of the people of North East.

NESO represents the major eight students body of NE – the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).

It’s worthy to note that responding to the killings and it’s repercussions, the Indian Army earlier issued a statement of regret. “The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law,” – asserted the Indian Army.

The unfortunate incident is basically the repercussion of army operation, which mistook the civilians as insurgents from the Yung Aung faction of the banned militant outfit – National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K).

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