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Oting village of Nagaland refuses ex-gratia

The Oting Village Council assumed the money to be a gift from Minister Paiwang Konyak, who represents the Tizit Assembly Constituency in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly

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Kohima: The Village Council of Oting Village under Mon district, where security forces killed 13 civilians for mistaken identity as NSCN (K) cadres, have refused to accept any ex-gratia by Government, until and unless the culprit of 21st Para Commandos of the Indian Armed Forces is brought to justice before the civil code of law and to repeal of Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the entire North East region of India.

According to a statement issued by Tahwang Angh, Chingwang Deputy Angh and Chairman Oting Village Council Longwang Konyak said that the Oting Village Council has announced that the Oting Village Council and victims’ families will not receive any ex-gratia payment until and unless the culprits are brought to justice before the civil code of law and repeal of the AFSPA.

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The Oting Village Council stated that on December 5, when people of Oting were busy with the crucial period of time with post mortem, Konyak Union Meeting, funeral arrangement, receiving guests, an envelope containing an amount of Rs. 18, 30,000 was brought before the Oting Village Council by its Minister and Deputy Commissioner of Mon.

The Oting Village Council assumed the money to be a gift from Minister Paiwang Konyak, who represents the Tizit Assembly Constituency in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. After they come to know that it was an advance payment or instalment of the State Government for the victims’ family and injured persons, the Oting Village Council has decided not to accept it, it added.

Meanwhile, the Konyak Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Sunday categorically stated that no ex-gratia or compensation would be accepted until justice was delivered to all victims, including the survivors and family members of the December 4 and 5 incidents.
According to the press statement issued by the Konyak Union, the CSOs also demanded that the administration should allocate a site without any delay to erect a monolith in honour and respect of
the December 4 and 5 victims, it said.

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