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AFSPA should be repealed not only from Nagaland, but the country: Rio

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Kohima, December 7: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said AFSPA should be repealed not only from Nagaland but the North East and the country, which is the largest democracy of the world.

“If the Government of India agrees, we feel that it will be better to remove AFSPA from the country because India is the biggest democratic country in the world…. Through this Act, the excesses done by the security forces does not go well with the people,” said Rio while interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a programme in Sechu-Zubza here.
“It is the wish of the people and we are communicating it to the Central Government,” said Rio.
AFSPA should be repealed not only from Nagaland but the entire North Eastern states and the country, he said.
Terming the Mon killing incidents on December 4 and 5 as “very very unfortunate”, Rio said it is an “inhuman and cowardice act”.
On Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in the Parliament that the security forces fired upon the civilians as they did not stop their vehicle, Rio said Shah must have told the report he got from the Army.
“But one good thing is that they have accepted that they had made a wrong action through the intelligence tip… admitting that is a good thing and I hope justice will be done,” said Rio.

Appreciating that the law and order situation has been restored in Mon district, the Chief Minister further appealed to the public to restrain and control their anger and emotions in order to maintain calm and peace in the State. (Page News Service)