Naga tribal body lists 5 demands over the failed operation that killed its members
After Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech in Parliament on Monday on the deaths of 14 civilians in a failed military operation in Nagaland, the Naga tribes, who were the majority of those killed, quickly and vigorously raised their five-point demand. Issued a memorandum. Taking action against responsible defense personnel and withdrawing special powers given to the army and security forces in the state.
The Konyak Sangha, the apex body of the Konyak Naga tribe in Mon district of Nagaland, where the incident took place, has sent a memorandum of demand to the government.
The first demand is to immediately form an independent inquiry committee under the appropriate investigative body. The agency claimed that two members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the government to investigate the incident should belong to Naga civil society.
The union demanded that all military personnel involved be punished by filing lawsuits under the country’s laws and that details of action taken against members of the military be made public within 30 days.
They demanded immediate withdrawal of Assam Rifles from Mon district and repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA of the whole of North-East India.
“The Indian government has expressed its condolences and sympathy for the victims … an SIT has been constituted and an inquiry has been ordered to be completed within a month. The situation is tense but under control. All agencies must ensure that such incidents do not happen.” In the future, ”Amit Shah said in the Lok Sabha today.
Amit Shah did not make it clear that the center planned to allow the trial of members of the armed forces – protected under the AFSPA – who were involved in the killings.
Nagaland Chief Minister Nefiu Rio and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangmao have also called for the cancellation of AFSPA.
AFSPA has been effective for decades in Nagaland and parts of the Northeast. Under the law, security forces can operate anywhere and make arrests without a prior warrant.
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