Kohima: Naga Students Federation (NSF), the apex students’ body of the state, observed the 33rd ‘NSF Martyrs Day’ at Martyrs Park, Kohima on Wednesday.
The federation paid tribute to NSF members Kekuojalie Sachü and Vikhozo Yhoshü, who were gunned down while participating in a peaceful protest on March 20, 1986. They were participating at a rally called by the NSF to protest against the state government’s decision of the introduction of IPS (Indian Police Service) cadres in Nagaland and the extension of the Disturbed Areas Belt from 5 to 20 km along the border of Myanmar, then Burma.
Commemorating the death anniversary, Imtiyapang Imsong, general secretary of NSF, highlighted the history of the incident briefly and acknowledged the sacrifices of the martyrs. The congregation was led into a prayer by Bendangsuneb imsong, youth evangelist of Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo.
Besides NSF members, the commemoration ceremony was also attended by the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) and other subordinate bodies and families of the victims.