Kohima: All India Congress Committee In-charge of Nagaland Dr Ajoy Kumar has criticized the Centre over the botched Army operation in Nagaland and sought one crore compensation for the victims’ families.
According to a release issued by Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee President K. There, the AICC delegation was prevented from meeting the aggrieved family members.
AICC has demanded Rs 1 Crore for the slain victims and Rs 10 Lakhs for the injured as compensation. AICC also demanded a Judicial Enquiry Commission headed by Sitting High Court Judge. We shall continue to pursue till justice is delivered, it added.
Committee to study AFSPA has nothing to study since there is no terrorist and secessionist forces anymore in Nagaland. Congress’ stand is AFSPA is not required in Nagaland. In our
understanding, AFSPA has nothing to do with justice to the Oting massacre. The application of AFSPA does not arise with peaceful people. Looking at the joint meeting decisions, we strongly suspect the Opting massacre is a result of the collaboration of the Government of India and Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Assam to derail the ceasefire and delay implementation of a negotiated settlement. Now they are all trying to escape through AFSPA, they said in the statement.
“We, therefore, demanded an All-Party Parliamentary Committee. However AICC in their wisdom demanded Judicial Enquiry Commission headed by sitting High Court Judge of Gauhati High Court because the subjects are above the spectrum of SIT or Court of Enquiry,” Kumar demanded.
“Law and order is state subject, so the Chief Minister and Home Minister are answerable to the people. There are hundreds of questions to be answered such as Why 21 para security forces were called in to slaughter sons of the soil of Nagaland? Nagaland Police appears to be in the dark according to the FIR against 21 Para Forces filed at Tizit. Why Nagaland Police were kept in the dark?” This is why an Independent Enquiry Commission is required,” he added.
“Money cannot buy life. Lives are equal. Perhaps if the Chief Minister or Home Minister were aggrieved similarly, they would not accept Rs 5 lakhs for the loss in a mistaken identity. We have demanded Rs.1 crore to relieve the immediate economic problems of the aggrieved families. We also have demanded Rs.10 Lakh relief be given to the injured for immediate needs in their treatment. I also demand that permanently disabled person(s) out of injury be given pension adequately,” the release added