Talks meaningless below AFSPA, says NSCN-IM | Guwahati News – Times of India

Talks meaningless below AFSPA, says NSCN-IM | Guwahati News – Times of India


Amid the continued dialogue with the Centre that has been persevering with for the previous 24 years and within the aftermath of the killing of 14 villagers by the Indian Army and Assam Rifles, the NSCN (IM) on Wednesday stated “no political talks will be meaningful under the shadow of AFSPA (Armed Force Special Powers Act)”.

GUWAHATI: Amid the continued dialogue with the Centre that has been persevering with for the previous 24 years and within the aftermath of the killing of 14 villagers by the Indian Army and Assam Rifles, the NSCN (IM) on Wednesday stated “no political talks will be meaningful under the shadow of AFSPA (Armed Force Special Powers Act)”.
Stating that it has now pushed to the purpose to take the stand on the draconian AFSPA, the outfit stated that the “notorious AFSPA has given the Indian security forces the license to shoot and kill anyone on mere suspicion”.
“Let human dignity take control and be made an integral part of the Naga political peace process. Unfortunately, the Oting killing has become a threat to the Nagas’ longing for a Naga political solution,” it added.
“We Nagas have endured the insults heaped on our human dignity for too long. The Nagas have had the bitter taste of this act on numerous occasions and it has spilled enough blood. Blood and political talks cannot go together,” it added.
“Therefore, placed under this compelling situation, NSCN put on record that ‘enough is enough’ the atrocities and tortures meted out to the Naga people by the Indian soldiers. Now if the government of India (GoI) wants to do justice to the Naga people, AFSPA must be immediately withdrawn and investigation for proper prosecution must be immediately constituted,” the NSCN (IM) stated.
The outfit demanded that investigation into the Oting killings should be impartial and clear and prosecution should be carried out for justice for the folks usually and the victims specifically.
“It is necessary to remind oneself that the reckless perpetration of atrocities and tortures meted out to the Naga people during the Oinam’s Bluebird Operation in 1987 for which a case was taken up in the Gauhati High Court (GHC) but when judgment was about to be delivered by the GHC, the Chief Justice of India had prevented maybe at the behest of the GoI from writing the required judgment,” it identified.
“Therefore, this time round, the Naga people expect that the judgment must be transparent and must be swiftly delivered. This is the only way to establish absolute fidelity between the Naga people and government of India,” it added.

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