Shillong: Joining hands with other states, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) party in Meghalaya, on Tuesday held a candlelight vigil demonstration in Shillong city to stand in solidarity with the people of Nagaland.

Several TMC MLAs took part in paying tributes to the bereaved families of the civilians killed on Saturday. Along with the MLAs, supporters and passer-by joined in lighting candles to pay their tributes.

Several villagers were killed in a firing 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.

Speaking with media persons, former Meghalaya chief minister and Trinamool parliamentary party leader Dr Mukul Sangma has urged the Centre to carry out a case study on how other states, especially Meghalaya, has dealt with problems like insurgency and terrorism.

“We urge upon all authorities concerned to ensure justice. In this nation, every individual or citizen must have a sense of belongingness and we collectively build this nation; this is the essence of our democracy. Therefore, there should be no space left for any citizen to feel that they are deprived of necessary justice,” stated Dr Mukul.

He added that all measures must be taken to ensure that justice is served. The TMC leader also added that if a state can deal with the problem of insurgency by itself without taking the help of AFSPA, he doesn’t feel that any state needs to make this Act operational.

“The state of Meghalaya has demonstrated in dealing with terrorism, insurgency in a manner that should be probably taken up for a case study by GOI,” said Dr Mukul.

He added that on a number of occasions when they had the internal security meeting, which was convened by the GoI, they had always shared their concern and shared their experiences and strategies in respect to dealing with law and order, the problem of insurgency, terrorism, and other associated collateral damage that is exerted because of lawlessness or insurgency.

“I think the people of NE understand how complex it is to deal with the problem of insurgency. But Meghalaya has demonstrated its capability without having resorted to adopting this draconian law,” stated the former chief minister.

AITC president Charles Pyngrope expressed their deepest condolences and said, “We also pray that God gives them the strength to bear this immense loss and be with them through these troubled times.”

MLA Zenith Sangma said there should be some mechanism where Armed Forces cannot over-exercise their powers because of the immunity that has been given to them.

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