New Delhi: Congress MP from Assam, Ripun Bora, on Monday demanded the panel which is being set up by the Centre to look into withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Nagaland, must be extended to other states of North East (NE) where AFSPA is imposed.
“AFSPA is not limited to Nagaland but other states of NE too. The situation in other states are also similar to Nagaland with regards to AFSPA,” Bora told UNI, reacting to Centre’s decision to form a panel to look into withdrawal of AFSPA from the northeastern state, following last week’s meeting.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met the Nagaland delegation-led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and NEDA convenor and Assam CM Himanata Biswa Sarma on December 23, over the December 4 civilian killing incident at Oting in Mon district of Nagaland.
Even though the senior Congress leader hailed the GoI’s step to constitute the panel, Bora said: “Centre decided to constitute the Committee for Nagaland because people of the state protested against the law, demanding it to be repealed.
“The other states of NE were not included. The panel should be extended to other states of the NE region.”
On Sunday, Rio while addressing a press conference in Dimapur informed about the Centre’s Committee and said the panel will submit its report within 45 days and withdrawal of AFSPA from “disturbed area” demarcated in Nagaland will be based on its recommendation.
On the Oting firing incident, the Nagaland CM said: “A Court of Inquiry will initiate disciplinary action against the army unit and army personnel who were directly involved in the incident and action will be taken immediately on the basis of fair inquiry.
“The identified personnel who will face the inquiry will be placed under suspension with immediate effect.”
Rio also said the state government will give jobs to the next kin of the deceased.
The Indian Army in a statement said, “Inquiry ordered by Army is progressing expeditiously and all efforts are being made to conclude it at the earliest.”
After the Oting incident, Meghalaya CM and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma along with Rio had demanded repeal of AFSPA.
“Welcome the move of GoI, Amit Shahji for approval to set up a panel to review imposition of the AFSPA in Nagaland. The panel should examine the whole of North East,” Sangma tweeted on Sunday.