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Nagaland NSF to stage dharna to repeal of AFSPA

It also reiterated its demand that the State Government should constitute a court-monitored probe team headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge for a thorough, fair, impartial and time-bound probe in the killing of civilians by security forces on December 4 and 5.

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Kohima: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) will stage a peaceful dharna at Kohima tomorrow (on December 9) as part of the five-day public mourning in honour of the civilians killed by security forces on December 4 and 5 and to press for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

According to a release issued by NSF President Kegwayhun Tep and General Secretary Spuni Ng Philo appealed to all the Nagas to extend their solidarity to the just cause and join the event by attending the programme. It also reiterated its demand that the State Government should constitute a court-monitored probe team headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge for a thorough, fair, impartial and time-bound probe in the killing of civilians by security forces on December 4 and 5.

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In a separate release the NSF also called upon the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to convene a Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly at the earliest to discuss the contentious AFSPA and adopt a resolution to repeal the same and the resolution should be recommended to the Central Government.

Meanwhile, the Naga Hoho today called for immediate repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA, 1958 and also urged the Government of India to make its position clear on the Indo-Naga political issue.

In a release issued by Naga Hoho said there is an ongoing political negotiation and peace process between the Government of India and the Naga people which can be testified by the signing of various Agreements with the Naga Political Groups (NPCs), it stated in a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, via the Governor of Nagaland.

In the memorandum issued by Naga Hoho President H K Zhimomi and General Secretary K Elu Ndang said that it strongly feels that there is a peaceful atmosphere in Naga areas as of now and therefore any policy that harms the atmosphere of Trust and Confidence would be so dear to all stakeholders and therefore, the AFSPA must be summarily repealed from our land and demanded immediate judicial investigation into the incident and culprits be booked to justice, the memo said.

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