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Nagaland’s Eastern Districts peacefully protest against Oting massacre

Protesters at a mass public rally organised by Konyak Union at Mon Town on Thursday.

DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 16: Mass public rallies to protest the killing of civilians at Oting Village and Mon Town on December 4 and 5 by Indian security forces were held across the eastern districts of Nagaland on Thursday.
The rallies were initiated by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), which is an umbrella body of Konyak, Chang, Yimkhiung, Phom, Khiamniungan and Sangtam communities. The eastern districts comprise Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire and Noklak.
An ENPO leader on Thursday said that the protests were peaceful throughout. Aside from registering their protest against the killing of civilians, the public rallies also demanded the repeal of AFSPA from Nagaland.
In view of the rallies, the ENPO had earlier called for total shutdown in the eastern districts.
In Mon District ~ where the massacre had occurred ~ Konyak civil societies, led by its apex tribal body, Konyak Union, have been at the forefront of a series of protests and rallies ever since the gruesome incident.
On Thursday too, the KU led the mass protest at Mon Town. On the same day, the KU served a reminder to President Ram Nath Kovind, though the Governor of Nagaland, of its memorandum submitted on December 10.
In its reminder, the KU stated that the 21 Para commandoes had brutally massacred 14 civilians at Oting Village taking the advantage of the blanket immunity provided by AFSPA, 1958.
“…and terming the very incident as ‘mistaken identity’ cannot be tolerated by the Konyaks”, the KU made it clear once again.
According to the Union, the incident was a deliberate attempt to take innocent lives “which has been proved by concrete evidence available in the public domain”.
Therefore, it reminded, the Konyaks had placed four charters of demands to be fulfilled within 30 days for the sake of justice.
The demands were: to identify all military forces or army personnel involved in the incident and book and punish under applicable civil court of law, to immediately set up an independent enquiry under competent investigating agency, action taken must be put in public domain within 30 days, and immediate removal of AFSPA from entire Northeast region.
“If the justice is not delivered within the stipulated time frame, the Konyak civil organisations have no option left, but to proceed for further steps, until the Government of India justify its action”, it warned.
(Page News Service)