Kohima: In view of the killings that took place in Nagaland’s Mon district on December 4-5 last year, a round table tripartite talk was held between the Konyak civil society organizations (CSOs), Assam Rifles (AR) and the Mon district administration. 

With the intervention of the state government, the first round table talk was held on Monday at the DC Conference Hall in Mon. The Konyak civil societies included the Konyak Union (KU), Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) and the Konyak Students’ Union (KSU).

The Assam Rifles team was headed by Major General Viskhas Lakhera, SM, IGAR North, Brigadier Chatterjee of 7 Sector Tuensang, Rippon Bora, commanding officer 27 AR Mon and Lieutenant Colonel Atong Konyak. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mon Thavaseelan K.  

The KU said the tribe had reiterated its stand that there should be no alternative and substitute for justice till justice is delivered and that all officers and jawans involved in the killing of 14 innocent civilians be booked under applicable civil court and the action taken report be brought into the public domain.

The tribe also reaffirmed the demand that all Army camps located within the vicinity of the civilian areas be vacated immediately. Further, it also reminded of its demand for the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958.

While the AR team raised concern about the total ban on the movement and patrolling of the armed forces within Konyak jurisdiction since December 5, the Konyak CSOs suggested that considering the gravity of the situation, the matter be tackled by the higher level between the state and the Assam Rifles. 

The Konyak CSOs made it clear that they will not withdraw its stance on non-cooperation till justice is delivered. It also said that a decision to call off the non-cooperation shall be taken at the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) level. 

The AR team also admitted in full assurance that Justice will be delivered by any means. 

As for the undergoing and upcoming developmental programmes initiated by the Assam Rifles (Military Civic Action Plans), the Konyak CSOs made it clear that it should be “Justice first Development next”. 

Furthermore, the Konyak CSOs appealed the people to abide by the decision that the state government will make with regards to army patrolling. The tribe also requested the Naga Political groups to adhere to the resolutions adopted by the Konyak tribe to restrain from unwanted activities so as to pursue their demands for justice.

While the decision to use black flags upon every vehicle has been relaxed, the Konyak CSOs declared that the black flags shall remain hoisted in front of all the CSO offices as a sign of solidarity till justice against the atrocities is delivered.

The KU also informed that on the suggestion tabled by the AR, the Konyak CSOs agreed to negotiate and deliberate for another round of talks depending on the gravity of the situation. 

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