The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) expressed deep resentment and anguish over the death of 13 civilians at the hands of the security forces in Mon, Nagaland.

“The dastardly act and unwarranted, unprovoked firing by the army on hapless civilians led to the untimely death of 15 innocent tribal Konyak Nagas. The KSU at this juncture would like to convey its condolences to the bereaved families of the victims. Also the Union would like to state that it stands with the Naga brothers and sisters in their quest for justice and their undaunted fight against oppression,” KSU said in a statement.

“Such boldness from the end of the Indian Army to kill people with impunity in the NE region is solely due to the draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act which is more or less like a license to Indian soldiers to kill, torture or arrest anybody as per their whims and fancies,” the statement added.

The KSU asked the Government of India to immediately revoke AFSPA and instead formulate laws to safeguard and protect the rights and existence of the indigenous inhabitants of NE India.

“The KSU is of the opinion that military deployment and establishments in the region should be reduced to minimal in order to avert a Tatmadaw like regime present in Burma,” the union said.

In a horrific incident, several villagers were killed by security forces after being mistaken for insurgents on the Tiru-Oting road near Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland. A security force jawan also died in the incident.

Sources told EastMojo that 13 bodies were recovered till the filing of this report, and a search operation is still on. About 7-8 injured persons have been admitted for medical care. More details are awaited.

Also read: Northeast Students’ body asks GoI to repeal AFSPA, condemns Mon killings

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