Chandel: Terming the Oting incident of December 4 and 5, where 14 unarmed innocent civilians were indiscriminately killed by the Indian armed forces (27 AR) as gruesome, barbaric and cowardly act, the Chandel District Apex CSOs namely Chandel Naga People’s Organization (CNPO), Naga Women Union Chandel (NWUC), Naga Students’ Union Chandel (NSUC), Naga Chief Association Chandel (NCAC) Chandel District Christian Forum (CDCF) in strongest term condemns the incident as most unfortunate, heinous, and violation of human rights, the joint press condemnation stated.
Many tribe leaders and student bodies also issued press statement expressing their anquish pain, solidarity and condolences note. Anal Naga Tangpi (Anal Naga Union), Sirti Upa Ruh (Monsang Tribe Union), Bujuur Aanchung Puh (Moyon National Council), Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun (LKK) Anal Lenruwl Tangpi (Anal Students’ Union), Maring Students’ Union (MSU), Sirti Thiimjiitam Sourkhe (STS), Thiimziih Teen Bujuur Ruwrkheh (TTBR) among others condemned in highest degree the cowardly, merciless, and unwanted act on innocent citizens.
Candle-light vigil and prayer session was observed on Sunday evening at Japhou Bazar, Chandel district headquarters at 7 pm under the initiative of Naga Students Union Chandel (NSUC) to express collective solidarity with the bereaved members of the deceased souls.
In pursuance to the call of the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), 6-hours total total shutdown was enforced on 6th December from 6.00 am to 12:00 noon by NSUC and it’s federating units in Chandel district effectively. Market shops were closed and vehicle movements were not allowed. Medical emergency and students appearing school examination were exempted from the purview of the bandh.
Ukhrul: The Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong organised candlelight vigil while it imposed 6-hour total shutdown in protest against killing of unarmed civilians in Nagaland.
Strongly condemning the indiscriminate mass killings of 14 innocent civilians at Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland on December 4 by the security forces, also showing its solidarity with the fallen victims, the apex student body of Tangkhul community, TKS organised candlelight vigil on Sunday and imposed 6-hour shutdown on Monday in Ukhrul district.
The participants held placards which read, “We condemn indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians,” “Leave the Nagas alone! Stop terrorizing the Nagas,” “We condemn Assam Rifles’ Terrorism” among others.
Following the shutdown, all commercial establishments, businesses and educational institutions remained closed. The town wore a deserted look as vehicular movement came to a grinding halt till noon amid the shutdown.
Meanwhile, Dr. Yaronsho Ngalung Caretaker Chairman, ADC Ukhrul, Manipur had strongly condemned the indiscriminate firing and killing of 14 Konyak Naga civilians by Indian Assam Rifles/Indian Security forces at Mon District of Indian Nagaland State. This heinous crime of killing is taking place at times when people are celebrating the Hornbill Festival. This act of killing innocent civilians is being perpetrated when there is a peace process going on between GoI and the Nagas, he alleged.
This nonsensical act of murdering innocent villagers clearly shows the double-standard displayed by Indian Govt against the Naga people. It has not only grossly violated the human rights of those who have been killed but also the human rights of the indigenous Naga peoole through the use of the draconian AFSPA of 1958. Double-Standard of Peace Process and killing innocent lives is a shame to the largest democratic country called India. Stop killing the Nagas, he demanded.
GoI should repeal and scrap the AFSPA and respect the human rights of the Naga people. India be more sincere when you engage with the Nagas for peace talks. As a mark of honour to the departed souls and as a respect to the bereaved families, I urge upon the Nagaland Govt.to pay homage for one week to the bereaved families by declaring cancellation of the Hornbill Festival for this year. “I express my deep condolences to the bereaved families. May the departed souls rest in eternal peace,” he added.
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Senapati: Representatives from Senapati District Students Association and it’s federating units, Naga People’s Organization, Naga Women’s Union, All Naga Students Association, Manipur and other CSO leaders, Poumai Naga Students Union (PNTM)organised candle- light vigil and prayer session in honour of the deceased Nagas of Nagaland in Senapati district.
The candle-light vigil was organised to signify to express the collective solidarity with the bereaved members of the deceased souls. It has also stated that the observation of the same would be held at its head office, Naga Club Building, Kohima at the same time on Sunday while the 6-hour total shutdown from 6 am till 12 pm was imposed in the district.
The Mao Council (MC) strongly condemned the “massacre committed by the security forces on December 4, 2021 at Oting Village, Mon district killing 15 innocent Naga villagers and injuring many others by taking law into their own hand under the shield of notorious AFSPA”. It further said that this “gruesome crime” is beyond human tolerance. “This is yet another episode of the many heinous crimes against humanity by the Indian Paramilitary forces in the decades of Naga struggle for their political and historical rights,” stated the Mao Council.
The Mao Council then urged the Government of India to be sincere in upholding the Framework Agreement and in respecting the Cease fire ground rules. “They must cease the double-standards of cold blooded killings of the Naga civilians on the pretext of faulty intelligence inputs,” it asserted.
The Mao Council said it “deeply mourns the death of our Konyak brothers from Oting village and expresses our deepest condolence to the bereaved families”. It then said, “May their souls rest in peace and may God grant solace to the bereaved families”.
The Mao Council then said that it will always stand by “our Konyak brothers” who were murdered and injured until justice is delivered and the culprits befittingly punished according to the law. “The draconian Act of AFSPA must be withdrawn from the land of peace-loving Nagas and the Mao people will stand in solidarity with the entire Naga people to fight against its very existence,” the Council added.
Tamenglong: Candle light vigil against the brutal killing of innocent civilians by Indian armed forces at Oting, Mon district in Nagaland held at Tamenglong headquartes by the Joint Tribes Council (JTC) Inpui, Liangmai, Rongmei and Zeme Tribes Sunday.
The 6-hours total total shutdown called by Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) was enforced on in Tamenglong on Monday.
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