Kohima: Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), the apex student body in Nagaland, on Tuesday announced its decision to organize a peaceful dharna in Kohima on December 9.
NSF president Kegwayhun Tep and general secretary Süpuni said the dharna is a part of the five-day mourning for the civilians killed by security forces and in furtherance of the directive issued by the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) for repealing the Armed Forces Specials Powers Act (AFSPA) from all northeastern states.
The federation appealed to the Naga people to extend solidarity towards the just cause by turning up for the dharna in huge numbers. The leaders said that details pertaining to the proposed democratic agitation will be made public in due course of time.
The federation also acknowledged the state government for cancelling all cultural events and festivities during the remaining days of the Hornbill Festival.
“This decision of the state government is well received by the Naga community as a whole. The decision has gone on to show that the government of the day is not totally aloof to the pleas and plight of the people it represents,” it said.
It reiterated its demand for the constitution of a court-monitored probe team to be headed by a retired Supreme Court/High Court Judge for “a thorough, fair, impartial and time-bound probe to ensure that justice is not hindered due to the lacunas in the probe”.
The federation also reiterated its demand for a Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to discuss the contentious AFSPA and adopt a resolution to repeal the same.
“Thereafter, the same be recommended to the central government. The federation is of the view that any representative of the people objecting to such a motion in the state assembly should be termed as an enemy of the people,” the federation said.
The student body also thanked the public for cooperating in the 6-hour total shutdown, adding that it is appealed by the insensitivity of some Indian Armed personnel who disregarded the sentiments of the Naga people by attempting to violate the bandh despite an expressed appeal to refrain from it.
“Their failed attempt is proof that the indomitable Naga spirit in our assertion for justice cannot be bogged down by mere threats of bullets and other repressive forces,” it said.
The federation added that it will not tread lightly on forces with complete disregard for the peoples’ movement and reiterated its directives that all its federating units and sub-ordinate bodies should strictly adhere to the severance of ties with all Indian para-military or armed forces until complete justice is brought to the victims of the Oting Massacre.
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