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Demand to abolish AFSPA from Nagaland, state cabinet will write a letter to the central government to remove the act

Firing in Nagaland: The cabinet of Nagaland has said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the government should submit its report in a month.

A picture of the aftermath of the firing in Nagaland

The state cabinet held a meeting on Monday regarding the firing in Nagaland. In this meeting, it has been agreed to remove the ‘Armed Forces Special Powers Act’ (AFSPA). The cabinet has decided to write a letter to the Government of India on this issue. In the Mon district of the northeastern state of Nagaland, 14 people were killed in two incidents of “mistake” firing by Army personnel. The Congress criticized the central government for this firing. Apart from this, the leaders of the opposition have also condemned the incident.

A press briefing issued by the state government’s Department of Information and Public Relations said that an emergency cabinet meeting was convened regarding the shooting and subsequent incidents in Mon district. The cabinet was apprised of the steps taken by the government, which included formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an IGP and four other members. The cabinet decided that the SIT should complete its investigation at the earliest and submit its report within a month. It was told in the briefing that the cabinet has decided that a letter should be written to the Government of India for immediate repeal of AFSPA, 1958 from the state.

The Chief Minister of Nagaland also talked about removing AFSPA

At the same time, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio attended the funeral of 14 people killed in firing by security forces on Monday. During this, he demanded the repeal of AFSPA. “AFSPA empowers the military to arrest civilians, raid homes and kill people without an arrest warrant, but no action is taken against security forces,” Rio said. “They (Army) have created law and order problem,” the chief minister said.

Paying tribute to those killed in the firing, Rio said, “Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.” In this we are together. We stand in solidarity with the people. The Chief Minister said that since the security forces fired directly at civilians without stopping them to identify them, strict action would be initiated against those involved in the incident. “They (miners) have not sacrificed their lives for India but for the Nagas,” Rio said.

Also read: Nagaland Firing: After the massacre, the tribal union closed for a day today, announced 7 days of mourning from tomorrow


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