Kohima: The Konyak Civil Society Organisations (CSO) has called for a ‘Mon district bandh’ throughout Mon district of Nagaland and called for ‘Mass Public Peaceful Rally’ in Mon town today and all areas of the district under the bandh.
According to a release issued by the Konyak Students’ Union on behalf of the Konyak Civil Society Organisations has called for the public peace rally today and appealed to the citizens and authorities, “not to create any mob situation” and comply with the directives.
It informed that a total bandh will be imposed from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM today. The peaceful rally is being held to protest the December 4 and 5 incidents at Oting and Mon Headquarters.
Meanwhile, the KSU informed that the district administration, medical emergencies, fire and emergency services, police personnel and students appearing examinations are exempted from the purview of the bandh.
Meanwhile, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), an apex body of the students’ announced plans to hold a mega rally in Kohima tomorrow, on December 17, to demand the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, from Naga inhabited areas.
The rally would begin at Old MLA hostel junction in Kohima; the relists would proceed to Raj Bhavan and plans to submit a memorandum to the President and Prime Minister through the Governor.
Addressing a press conference NSF president Kegwayhun Tep said the rally was being organised to confront the issues that were affecting the Nagas. He said the federation was expecting Kohima-based civil society organisations, unions and the general population to take part in the rally.
He said NSF would continue to fight till AFSPA was repealed. He called upon all the Naga citizens to come forward and show their solidarity and support for the cause. Tep also sought the support of Kohima based civil societies, students and all the residents of Kohima to partake in the rally.
Following the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) team visit to Oting and Mon on December 10-12, the forum has informed that it would be organising a “public lament” for civilians killed by the security forces on December 19 in the auditorium of the Christian Higher Secondary School Dimapur. The public would express grief would be held on the theme “Memories of Oting and the Nagas.”