Kohima: Neiba Kronu, spokesperson of the Government of Nagaland on Tuesday informed that the state government would write to the Centre to immediately repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

He said that the killing incident that took the lives of 14 civilians is “unfortunate”. He also informed the government’s decision to support the demands of the Konyak Union. As to how the recent incident could impact the ongoing peace talks, Kronu said that the core committee on Naga Political Issue would meet on December 9 to discuss matters. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will also likely be part of the meeting, Kronu said.

Minister Temjen Imna Along said that the government could only appeal to the Centre to repeal AFSPA. The state BJP president said that the party would also be having a meeting to discuss the same and put the views and sentiments of the people to the Central leadership.

Meanwhile, the Konyak Union asked the President of India to conduct an independent inquiry under a competent investigating agency to be set up immediately and that two members from the Naga civil society must be inducted in the special investigating Team. 

The Union had also demanded the identification of all military forces or army personnel involved in the incident and that they be booked and punished under applicable civil court. 

It said that the action taken against the erring officials at Oting Yatong Massacre must be put into the public domain within 30 days. The Union had also demanded that the 37 Assam Rifle must immediately vacate Mon district on moral ground for failing to provide security to its citizen as the military forces from other States had intruded and committed the Oting Yatong Massacre on December 4. It also said that AFSPA must immediately be repealed from the entire North Eastern Region.

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