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Candlelight vigil in Patkai College

Nagaland News

Dimapur, December 7: The Eastern Naga Students’ Union, Patkai Christian College (ENSUPCC) held a candlelight vigil at the Bundrock auditorium on Tuesday evening “in respect of the victims murdered by Indian security forces at Oting village and Mon town on December 4 and 5.”

Anok Bulei, President of ENSUPCC, recounted the tragic incident of December 4 and 5 and expressed shock and anger at the brutal killings and the manner in which the security forces handled the dead bodies in their attempt to cover up the killings.
Angel Sonari, Vice Principal, extended solidarity to the Oting villagers and the Konyak people on behalf of the college. “We condemn the brutal act of the Indian security forces in the murder of our Konyak brothers,” her message read.
Dr. Ponghsak Phom, Assistant Professor, condemned the Indian security forces and termed the incident a “horrific atrocity”.
This “massacre of innocents” was not a one-off incident, Dr. Phom said and demanded the repeal of the draconian AFSPA which grants sweeping rights to the Indian military and takes away basic human rights of the Nagas and others in the Northeast and Kashmir.
Bauna Panmei, Assistant Professor, said that such a horrific incident was not just against the Konyaks or the Nagas, but against humanity.

Panmei reminded the gathering of both teachers and students to be mindful of the Naga history which has suffered from a “long history of violence” abetted by the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). “This is our reality. This has been our reality for 50 years,” he maintained. (Page News Service)