Repeal AFSPA, deliver justice: Kohima residents take to streets
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Kohima: Kohima residents observed a candlelight vigil in honour of the civilians who were killed by security forces in the Mon district, and showed solidarity against the unrest in Mon district following the incident on Saturday.

During the candlelight service organised by the Angami Public Organization (APO) at Old MLA junction, Medo Yhokha, Adviser, Technical education and election said: “What has happened is beyond human imagination. It deserves to be condemned in its highest term. No amount of justification, reasons by perpetrators can undo the truth.”

He said that the state government and the central government must bring out the truth and see that justice is placed in the right perspective and to society.

The might and force on which the Indian military forces ride on–Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) have to be withdrawn, he said.

The politician sought the collective efforts of all Nagas to fight to repeal the Act. He said that this issue should not be left to an institute or the government alone, adding that all must unite and voice out to repeal the Act.

Further, he appealed to the public to create an atmosphere that is conducive for the authorities to see that justice is delivered to Naga society.

Razouvotuo Chatsu, President, Angami Public Organization (APO) appealed to all citizens to unite and firmly voice against the heinous and atrocious act perpetrated upon innocent civilians by the paramilitary forces.

“APO demands justice for our sons and appeals to the state government
to thoroughly investigate the incident and expose the truth behind heinous crime, and book the criminals as per the law. The Government must ensure that Justice is not denied or delayed,” he said.

The tribal leader said that the Oting “massacre” is one incident amongst many in the past where the Indian paramilitary has exhibited unrestrained violence against the Nagas. “All such atrocities are denied justice, and easily pushed under the rug because of the discriminatory Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. We must vociferously demand the draconian act to be repealed without which, we will continue to live without basic and inherent human rights,” he added.

Tribal leaders from the other Naga tribes also extended solidarity messages during the service held on the street of Kohima town.

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