The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-NSCN-has strongly condemned the killing of 13 civilians at the hands of Assam Rifles and called December 4 a ‘Black day for the Nagas’.

“The fact that the ubiquitous Indian security forces (have) brought about (a) toxic storm of bloody dust in Nagalim is not a new thing but a repeat of the past to suppress the legitimate Naga political movement. The Indian security forces will never be able to wash its hands off, smeared with the blood of innocent Nagas no matter how it come(s) out with a nonsensical statement which is linked to credible intelligence reports of movement of insurgents,” the NSCN said in a statement issued to the press.

“The killing was the work of the trigger-happy 21st Para Commandos/Assam Rifles. The Nagas had in the past faced a trigger-happy Indian security force, acting with impunity under the Government of India’s Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act/AFSPA which is mainly used against the Naga political movement. Notwithstanding the ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue that has seen much fruition during the period running more than two decades, the violence against the Nagas continues unabated. This is one of the most unfortunate incidents of the Indo-Naga ceasefire signed in 1997,” the statement added.

Saying that they found it difficult to use the right words to condemn the killing of unarmed civilians, the NSCN said “it cannot be justified in any manner in this part of the civilized world (Nagalim) where the Indo-Naga peace process has seen much progress. Such a barbaric act of killing innocent people is against humanity and those responsible for such heinous acts should be brought to justice.”

Also read: Nagaland: Locals call Mon civilian killings a ‘disgrace’, demand end of AFSPA



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