Thursday, 20 January 2022

Nagaland government to write to Centre government on AFSPA repeal

Nagaland government to write to Centre government on AFSPA repeal

After the incident of killing 14 civilians by security forces in the Mon district over the weekend, an emergency sitting of Nagaland Cabinet on Tuesday decided to appeal to the Home Minister to repeal the AFSPA (Armed FormedSpecial Powers Act).

On Tuesday, the meeting, held by Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, also decided to call off the ongoing Hornbill Festival and directed (SIT) the Special Investigation Team to complete the investigation into the incident within a month time.

Briefing media following the meeting, Neiba Kronu, and Nagaland government spokesperson, and Temjen Imna Along, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, said the Cabinet was briefed about the action taken following the killing, including the setting up of the SIT headed by an IG-rank officer and grant of ex-gratia to the next of family of the 14 victims.

Along said 

“AFSPA is renewed periodically and it is not a subject matter that is handled by the state. The Centre decides on this in consultation with the state. So, it was decided in the meeting that we will appeal to the Government of India to repeal AFSPA from Nagaland,” 

On Monday, CM Neiphiu Rio had backed the demand for a repeal of AFSPA. At the same time, he attended the funeral of 14 civilians in Mon town.

The ministers said the Nagaland government was “planning” to hold a meeting of the Core Committee on Naga Political Issues on 9th December. Assam CM and Northeast Development Authority chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma will likely attend the meeting.

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Kronu said.

“People being killed following a case of mistaken identity or on the basis of misinformation is very unfortunate. The investigating agencies will come out with a report. We have given SIT one month to complete the probe,” 

He said 14 civilians have died in the incident, while two with serious injuries are undergoing treatment in Assam, and six are being treated in Dimapur (Nagaland).

On the Hornbill festival, he said, “All activities of Hornbill Festival, 2021, should stop in view of mourning announced for deceased in the firing incident in Mon district.”

The annual Hornbill Festival, an annual 10-day tourism extravaganza held at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama near Kohima, was scheduled to end on 10th December.

Six civilians – coal mine workers from Oting village on their way home from work in Tiru – were killed in an ambush by security forces in Nagaland’s Mon district. The incident triggered violence in the area Saturday night and late Sunday afternoon. Eight more civilians (seven on Saturday and one Sunday) were killed after security forces allegedly opened fire.

A soldier succumbed to injuries in the violence Saturday night, and several others were severely injured.

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