NSF appeals to extend non-cooperation to the Indian armed forces

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Dimapur: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) appealed to the Naga people to extend non-cooperation to the “Indian armed forces or para-military forces” as long as the Armed Forces Special Powers’ Act (1958) is in operation.

The NSF said this today while condemning the “overarching approach” of the central government in extending the “draconian” Armed Forces Special Powers’ Act (1958) for another six month under the pretext of“law and order” problem in major parts of Nagaland state. The apex Naga student body “denounces this continuous attempt of the central government to paint the state as a land of lawlessness and chaos.”

In a statement issued, the NSF said the world is the “witness to the fact that Nagaland is a beautiful state being inhabited by the peace loving citizens which is contrary to what it is made to look like by the impugned order.” The NSF further said that the history of excesses committed by the armed forces upon the Naga people under the cover of AFSPA calls for condemnation from all right thinking citizens of the world.

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The NSF, hereby, reiterated its earlier stand that the Naga people do not merit the draconian Act which has empowered the Indian military and Para-military “war machines” with unlimited powers to extend “evil claws” and judicial impunity to arrest, torture, kill and to commit everything inhuman. “More so, AFSPA is unconstitutional as it only encourages abuses and serious human rights violations by the armed forces acting on behalf of the state,” the Naga student body added.

Therefore, the NSF appealed to the central government to “objectively” assess the situation and not act upon “biased reports” from their various agencies and that the Ministry of Home Affairs takes the right steps forward in-order to ensure that the “controversial law” is repealed once and for all from the entire “Naga homeland.”

The NSF then said that it will continue to work to ensure that AFSPA is repealed or completely lifted from the entire “Naga homeland.” Towards achieving this end, the NSF appealed to the Naga people to extend non-cooperation to the “Indian armed forces or para-military forces as long as the evil law is in operation.”


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