KOHIMA, DECEMBER 15: Following the killing of 14 innocent civilians in Mon district by security forces, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) is fully geared to hold a peoples’ rally on December 17 at Kohima for repeal of AFSPA 1958.
The rally, which is expecting to have one of the biggest gatherings of the Nagas to demand immediate repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (ASFPA) 1958, said NSF president Kegwayhun Tep briefing media person here tonight.
It will be held at 11 a.m., at Old MLA Hostel junction.
The rally organizing committee convener and former NSF president Vipopal Kintso said Nagas are fed of living under the draconian law ~ AFSPA, saying that the Act dehumanizes.
“How long will Nagas be treated as sub-humans?”, he questioned adding that Nagas want to send a clear message to India through the rally demanding repeal of AFSPA with special emphasis on the Oting incident.
In the past, there was no documentation of the suffering of Nagas committed by security forces, but with Oting incident we hope the eyes of the Indian Government open to repeal the draconian law which dehumanises its own people, he said.
Questioning the sincerity of the Government of India towards solving the decades-old Naga political issue, Kintso said “We were expecting that with the signing of ceasefire agreements with the Naga groups and dialogue for solution in progress as well as the signing of Framework Agreement with NSCN (IM) and Agreed Position with the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups AFSPA will not continue, but the continuation of the law questions the sincerity of the Centre to solve the Naga issue”.
He also urged the various Naga civil societies to come forward in solidarity.
He informed that after the initial gathering at Old MLA Hostel, Naga people will rally up to Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum to the Government of India through Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi.
Asked what would be the further course of action if their demand for repeal AFSPA is not met, NSF president Tep said “We will continue to give our best effort to remove AFSPA from our land at any cost”.
The NSF has also urged the various Naga civil societies and their well-wishers to come forward in solidarity during the rally.
The people’s rally includes solidarity messages from Angami Public Organisation, North East Students Organisation, and Global Naga Forum, ‘Nagas under the yoke of AFSPA’ by Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights and peoples’ message by Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
The story of Oting massacre will be shared by a leader of Eastern Naga Students’ Federation.
(Page News Service)