- Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma call for end to draconian Act
Kohima: The debate over the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) stands renewed and intensified in the wake of the civilian killings in Nagaland on Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio called for removing AFSPA, calling it a “black spot”.
In a tweet, Rio said, “Nagaland and the Naga people have always opposed #AFSPA. It should be repealed.”
Six people were killed on December 4 when the Army personnel fired at their vehicle at Oting village in Mon district. The Army later said it was a case of mistaken identity and that they fired on the suspicion that there were insurgents inside.
Seven more civilians were killed when a group of angry locals surrounded the security personnel who fired at them in “self-defence”.
CM Rio attended the funeral service of the victims of the firing on Monday. Later he said that he had spoken to Union Home minister Amit Shah who is “taking the matter seriously”.
“We have given financial aid to the affected families. I have also urged the Union government to remove AFSPA from Nagaland as the law is a black spot on the country’s image,” he said.
Rio’s National Democratic People’s Party (NDDP) is an ally of the BJP.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, too, has asked for repealing of AFSPA. In his tweet, he wrote, “AFSPA should be repealed.” He said he would personally take up the matter with Amit Shah.
In the Lok Sabha, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi demanded repealing of AFSPA, saying that no country had a “barbaric law like this”.
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