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Nagaland: Konyak CSOs continue to push for AFSPA repeal

Days after the Centre decided to constitute a high-level committee to examine the demand for removal of AFSPA, the Konyak Civil Society Organisations have demanded inclusion of ‘people from ground

Days after the Centre decided to constitute a high-level committee to examine the demand for removal of AFSPA, the Konyak Civil Society Organisations have demanded inclusion of ‘people from ground zero’ in the committee constituted for examining AFSPA repeal demand.

The Konyak Civil Society organizations also lamented that no one from Mon or Oting were called for the meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue.

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The Konyak CSOs which includes the Konyak Union and Konyak Students Union among others, however, lauded the initiative of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy CM Y Patton for their initiative for AFSPA repeal.

The Konyak CSOs also appealed to the Central High-Level Committee members to have a humane approach in taking a call on AFSPA repeal. The release stressed that upholding human rights should be the topmost priority for the Committee.

Those members in the assigned committee should also be aware that people at ground Zero had enough of AFSPA, the release added.

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Meanwhile, in a significant stand the Konyak Civil society organizations have said that even though they will allow an inquiry by the Army into the Mon incident, no army personnel will be allowed to visit with arms or uniform on.

The release indicated that the state police may make necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the inquiry. The Konyak CSOs also reiterated that if justice is not delivered by January 10th they will organize an all Konyak Summit on January 18th to decide the future course of action.

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First Published: 28th December, 2021 9:21 IST

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