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Nagaland govt to write to centre for immediate withdrawal of AFSPA from state

The decision was taken by the state cabinet which held an emergency meeting presided over by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, government Spokesperson and State Minister for Planning Neiba Kronu told the media at the civil secretariat.

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Kohima: The Nagaland government on Tuesday decided to write to the centre for immediately repealing the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 from the State, a senior minister said.

The decision was taken by the state cabinet which held an emergency meeting presided over by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, government Spokesperson and State Minister for Planning Neiba Kronu told the media at the civil secretariat.

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Kronu said the cabinet discussed the firing incident in Mon district and the subsequent mob attack on the Assam Rifles camp in Mon town.

The Cabinet was briefed on the actions taken by the government in the aftermath of the firing which left 14 civilians and a security personnel dead during a botched-up security operation. The steps include setting up a Special Investigation Team headed by an IGP. The cabinet decided that the SIT should complete its investigation and submit its report within one month.

Kronu said the Cabinet has also decided to support the demands put forward by the Konyak Union – the apex body of the Konyak tribe – to the President of India.

The spokesperson said two people injured in the firing are still critical in Dibrugarh Hospital. Six others are admitted to the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research in Dimapur So far, 22 persons have been discharged.

While 13 villagers including six daily wage labourers of a colliery died in two separate incidents of firing between Tiru and Oting village under Tizit sub-division on Saturday, another villager taking

part in a violent protest on Sunday against the incidents was killed in a fresh round of firing by the forces. A soldier also was killed.

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