Shillong: A candle-lit demonstration of solidarity with the bereaved families of the victims of firing by security forces in Nagaland was staged at the main commercial centre of Khyndailad here in Meghalaya on Tuesday evening by the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
“We are here to demonstrate our solidarity with the affected families who have been grieving in the Mon district of Nagaland. All are aware of the situation, the background and it will be pertinent for us to stand by the people of Mon district and particularly the affected families and urge upon all the authorities concerned which include the state government of Nagaland and the Government of India to ensure justice,” said the former chief minister and AITC leader Mukul Sangma.
“Every citizen of this great nation must have the sense of belongingness and we collectively build this great nation and this is the essence of our democracy. There should not be any space or room
left for any citizen to feel that they are deprived of the necessary justice when called for. Therefore it will be expected from the authorities concerned under the Government of India and the state government concerned that all the measures need to be taken to ensure that justice is done in the right perspective,” Sangma said addressing the gathering.
“Where do you need the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), if the state government is capable of dealing with the problem of militancy, insurgency and terrorism by itself, without having to take recourse to this draconian law? I don’t find any reason for any state to actually have this particular law to be operational in any part of the state or any part of the country,” the former CM underscored.
“The state of Meghalaya has demonstrated in dealing with terrorism, insurgency in a manner that should be probably taken up for a case study by Government of India,” Sangma, who was credited
with having effectively dealt with insurgency in the Garo Hills region during his tenure as Chief Minister, said.
“The people of Northeast understand, how complex it is to deal with the problem of terrorism and insurgency but Meghalaya has demonstrated its capability without having to resort to adopting this draconian law. This is something which must be taken cognizance of by Government of India and look at all possibilities of dealing with insurgency and other problems related to terrorism in the right perspective without having to resort to this draconian law,” he iterated.