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NSF, JDU condemn extension of AFSPA in Nagaland

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Dimapur, January 2: The Naga Students Federation (NSF) has vehemently denounced the Government of India’s notification declaring “the whole state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition” and extending the operation of the “draconian and unconstitutional” Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the State for another six months.
“The NSF is appalled that a peaceful state like Nagaland is painted a picture of chaos and lawlessness by the aforementioned notification, as the world at large is witness to the fact that Nagaland is not what it is made to look by the ill intended notification of the central government,” the federation said in a press release.
The NSF was of the opinion that the extension of AFSPA is not for maintenance of law and order in the State but only “a diabolic attempt of the central government to further the suppression of the Naga people through militarization by encouraging the numerous abuses and serious human rights violations by the armed forces which has been ongoing over many years.”
The federation questioned the “overarching approach” of the central Government in extending the “inhumane Act as ‘law & order’ is the subject matter of the State Government. It also reiterated its long standing view that AFSPA is violative of the constitution as it infringes upon the various fundamental rights of the citizens and that “the bad law must be repealed altogether.”
“The central Government must realize that India is a democracy in which the armed forces are supposed to be subject to civilian control and that abuses by the armed forces while being shielded by AFSPA only fuel public anger, permitting militant groups to flourish and putting soldiers at greater risk,” it added.
JDU: The Janata Dal(United), Nagaland has condemned the extension of Armed Forces Special Power Act(AFSPA) in the whole of Nagaland for another period of six months by Home Ministry, Government of India.
Expressing strong resentment over the imposition of “draconian law”, the JDU believed that GoI has exposed its insincerity in dealing with Naga issue which it had promised to resolved within 3 months ( before 31st Oct,2019) through Governor of Nagaland R N Ravi.
A press release issued by JDU president, NSN Lotha and general secretary, Kitoho S Rotokha urged upon every right thinking citizens to condemn and oppose the imposition of “draconian laws” towards innocent and peace people.
Meanwhile, the JDU, Nagaland wished every citizens of the state peace, love and prosperity for 2020.
(Page News Service)

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