Imphal: The North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) on Tuesday strongly condemned the December 4 incident that killed 14 unarmed civilians by the security forces at Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district.

In its press statement, secretary media, NEFIP, Khuraijam Athouba stated that Indian Army ambush on the innocent civilians returning from their working fields at Oting, Tiru area of Mon district in Nagaland is shocking.

“Genocide against labours without any rhyme or reason on the pretext of mistaken identity is heinous crime against humanity and an attempt to annihilate the indigenous people from its soil and suppression of their right to life in dignity,” stated Athouba.

A time has come for the indigenous people to rise to the occasion and fight for our rights to existence, it stated.

It further stated that the barbarous attack and killing of indigenous people by the Indian military under the garb of a controversial and inhumane colonial Draconian Law called AFSPA is condemnable and they cannot justify their act in ways as it is very much an act of state terrorism to the people of the entire region.

The indigenous people’s forum also urged the Union Government to immediately withdraw the inhumane Act from the soil of north east region and remove all their army cantonments from civilian areas.

While expressing their condolences and solidarity towards the brethren of Nagaland, particularly to the eastern Naga people and family members of the deceased, NEFIP also appealed to all their federating state members and the indigenous people of the region to stand together and extend their solidarity to the people of Nagaland.

NEFIP is a conglomeration of the civil society organisations of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

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