Kohima: The tenth session of the Thirteenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) was held on Monday at the NLA Secretariat, Kohima, “unanimously” resolved to demand that the Government of India repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 from the Norteast, and specifically from Nagaland, so as to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the Naga political issue.
The Nagaland Legislative Assembly then”vehemently” condemned the massacre that took place in Oting-Tiru village area in Mon district of Nagaland on December 4, 2021 in the “indiscriminate firing” by the 21 Para Special Forces of the Indian Army in which 13 innocent people were killed, followed by killing of one innocent person by security forces at Mon town on December 5, 2021, and injuring of 35 persons.
The house then called for an apology from the appropriate authority, along with an assurance that justice will be delivered by applying the laws of the land upon those who perpetrated the inhuman massacre and upon those who are responsible for the incident.
The house then appealed to the citizens of Mon district, its civil societies, the citizens of the State and mass based organisations to extend cooperation to the Government and its agencies in our collective efforts to demand justice, and to restore normalcy in the interest of all the citizens. The house appreciated and supported citizens and civil society organizations in their demand for repealing of AFSPA and delivery of justice, while appealing to all sections to follow democratic norms and non-violence in “our collective endeavour towards realisation of peace and delivery of justice”.
“The Naga people have been crying for peace and an early solution for the long pending Naga political issue. It is of paramount importance that the people’s voice is heard and respected. The House, therefore, once again appeals to the negotiating parties of the Indo-Naga political dialogue to bring the talks to its logical conclusion by reaching a settlement that is honourable and inclusive at the earliest,” one of the resolutions of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly said.