Mon, Nagaland: Residents of Mon town on Wednesday night gathered in the heart of the town demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). 

With hundreds of students and local residents attending a candlelight vigil at Private Bus Stand in Mon town, the gathering shouted slogans saying “Repeal AFSPA”, “We want justice”, and “Identify culprits”.

The seven-day mourning, called by the Konyak Union (KU), the apex tribal body in Nagaland’s Mon, began on Wednesday, a day after a day-long bandh was imposed in the district on Tuesday to protest the killing of 14 civilians by security forces. 

During this period, the KU had warned the security forces to abstain from patrolling in the Konyak region during the seven-day mourning period, and warned that if the law enforcers do not abide by it, they will be responsible for “any untoward incident that might occur”.

As a symbolic gesture, vehicles entering the district carried black flags to show solidarity.

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