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4 ranges of AYO condemn AR raid

Nagaland News

Dimapur, November 5: The four ranges of the Angami Youth Organization (AYO), namely the Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO), Northern Angami Youth Organization (NAYO), Western Angami Youth Organization (WAYO) and Chakhroma Youth Organization (CYO have jointly denounced the reprehensible incident during the early hours of October 30, when the personnel of the 1st Assam Rifles raided and ransacked the private residence of Roko Angami, in his absence.


Roko Angami is the incumbent president of NAYO and had earlier served as the auditor general of the AYO.
“It was a heinous act that dreadfully reminds us of how an honest, law-abiding and community-serving citizen can be treated like a criminal solely on the vague suspicions of ‘the friends of the hill people.’ Whether it is the questionable ‘intelligence’ of the 1st Assam Rifles or the blatantly repressive provisions of the AFSPA 1958, neither reason justifies this appalling act,” a joint press release by the organizations stated.
The four organizations, SAYO, NAYO, WAYO and CYO demanded that the 1st Assam Rifles declare the reason(s) for carrying out this horrendous act and confess that no evidence of cognizable offence was found in Roko Angami’s person or property, even after their inhumane raid, and in such a revelation, the 1st Assam Rifles must issue an unequivocal apology to Roko Angami in particular and the community in general.
They also demanded that the 1st Assam Rifles reveal the source of this questionable intelligence which was not only misleading, but led to the harassment of a leader and law-abiding citizen.
“If it comes to light that there was an informant and that he/she belongs to the Angami community, the concerned individual bears the responsibility of facing what consequence is due to him/her under our traditional laws,” they added
The four ranges of AYO also decided to impose non-cooperation with the 1st Assam Rifles in any and all Angami areas until these reasonable demands are met. Any unwelcome or untoward incident that arise out of this predicament will solely be the responsibility of the 1st Assam Rifles, should they refuse to do what is morally right, and thus, force us to maintain this position, they said.
(Page News Service)

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