Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long condemns harassment of journalist by AR subedar; demands immediate apology

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Ukhrul: The Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long expresseed deep resentment over the actions of Subedar Kamla Pati Joshi of 24 Assam Rifles, Shangshak stationed at Ramva OutPost, wherein the said personnel harassed a journalist on the morning of the September 25, 2023, accusing him of being someone he is not.

The organisation mentioned that this is not the first case where the colonial armed forces have shown extreme racist and inhumane behaviour towards the Naga civilians travelling in and around the Naga areas and elsewhere too.

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A statement released by the organisation stated that the very act the Subedar portrayed by alleging and harassing the journalist is similar to someone who is downright disrespectful and degrading. Even after the individual identified himself as a journalist, the personnel continued his acts of derogatory harassment without an ounce of remorse.

“Furthermore, we would like to remind them that the Indo-Naga Ceasefire is in place and as such the Assam Rifles have no authority to be hunting and harassing any Nagas, be it the revolutionaries or the public. The Indo-Naga Ceasefire is a hard earned one and thus they should be mindful of the repercussions on them if it were to be disturbed in any manner or abrogated,” it added.

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The Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long also warned such personnel and their Commanding Officers that the Naga youth would not take such racist harassment from any of them anywhere within the Naga territory.

The statement added that the Long expects an unconditional public apology from the erring personnel and his Commanding Officer at the earliest or they will be forced to take up actions which the colonial forces will be solely responsible for. It also declared that the Nagas will not stand for acts of racism dealt upon anyone from the community.

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