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Oting Massacre: NPF demands answers from Indian Army HQ

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 7: The NPF Legislature Party has demanded the Indian Army HQ to answer to the Naga people on whether Standard Operating Procedure of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was followed by the Army during the December 4 operation, including the exact origin of intelligence input(s) leading to the carnage.

“The brutal killing of 14 innocent civilians is a violation of human right of the highest degree and at a time like this, all rank and file of the Indian Army should recollect how in the recent past, a good number of daring Naga Jawans lost their lives while encountering the Country’s enemies in the line of duty. The Naga martyrs were highly honoured with accolades and awards but for such acts of heroic sacrifices for the Country, the Indian Army has mercilessly killed innocent Naga civilians in return”, NPF-LP leader TR Zelaing in a press communiqué.
Vehemently condemning the massacre of 14 innocent Naga civilians, the NPF-LP also denounced the “cowardly act” of the Indian Army attempting to hide the dead bodies of the 6 civilians killed on December 4 near Oting Village by wrapping and loading the dead bodies into a pick-up truck with the intention of taking them to their base camp.
“No amount of reasoning can justify such merciless killings of innocent civilians”, he said.
The NPF Legislature Party also urged the SIT to judiciously carry out the investigation without fear or favour so that justice is delivered to the 14 lost souls and the people of the State in particular and North-East India in general. “…it must be revealed under whose directive and command the dastardly act of massacre took place. When the Naga people is yearning for peace and settlement of the long-pending Indo-Naga Political Issue, the genocide committed by the Indian Army under Mon District has threatened the very existence of the Naga people and is most shocking”, it said.
Meanwhile, the NPF-LP has endorsed the decision of the State Cabinet to call-off the remaining days of Hornbill Festival and the decision to write to Government of India for repeal of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) by both House of the Parliament.

“AFSPA is a draconian law and the same must be immediately repealed if human rights are at all valued in India”, it added.
(Page News Service)