“Come What May”, NSF Rolls Up Sleeves and Announces List of Actions
“Only medical and other emergencies services, Police, Weddings with commuter carrying a copy of the wedding card and other emergency services and students appearing for various exams shall be exempted from the purview of the said bandh. All para-military forces and armed forces are hereby sternly informed not to make any movements during the duration of the bandh.“
Kohima, 5 December (TP): The apex Naga students’ body Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has heavily come down with a strong worded statements on recent killing incident that happened in Oting village of Mon district in Nagaland. In their press release issued today, the apex student body expressed that they are “enraged at the Government of India (GoI) waging an undeclared war with the Naga people by allowing its indiscipline yet trigger-happy armed personnel to indulge in activities which violates the basic principles of human rights and personal dignity. It is at the least appaling to see that those trained to protect the sovereignty and integrity of India are indulging in target practices with the innocent civilians instead of serving the very purpose for which GoI has been spending major chunk of its GDP.”
This blatant attempt to finish the Naga race cannot be accepted, come what may
In the light of the unfortunate incident that happened, the NSF put forward list of appeals to the Naga general public cutting across all “artificial boundaries”; meaning to all Nagas in Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal, and Myanmar.
- Refrain from any sort of Merry Making/Festivities for the next 5 Days: The Federation shall be observing 5 days mourning w.e.f the 6th December 2021. It is, therefore, appealed to every right-thinking citizen to observe the same in honor of those killed by the Indian armed forces and in solidarity with the family members. The Federation request the Naga people to refrain from any sort of merry making that will dishonor the Naga souls who were brutally murdered for no false of theirs.
- Refrain from Participating in Hornbill Festival: The Federation appeals to all those slated to partake in the Nagaland Government organized Hornbill International Festival to let better sense and show your support towards the just cause by giving the event a miss. This is not in defiance of any forces but merely a symbolic expression of resentment towards the government that has failed to protect its own people.
- Support the Federation in Our Fight to Ensure Justice: The Federation also appeals to the Naga people to extend your fullest support and co-operation towards the Federation, despite the inconvenience that might come along with it, in the interest of protecting and upholding the larger interest of the Nagas and to ensure that justice is done to those mercilessly massacred Naga citizens. In furtherance of the same, the Federation appeals for coopreation from the general public as it proposes to call for a 6 hours total shut down all over Naga inhabited areas in protest against the actions of the Indian armed forces. The bandh shall commence from 6AM and shall last till 12 Noon of 6th December 2021. Only medical and other emergencies services, Police, Weddings with commuter carrying a copy of the wedding card and other emergency services and students appearing for various exams shall be exempted from the purview of the said bandh. All para-military forces and armed forces are hereby sternly informed not to make any movements during the duration of the bandh.
Further the NSF put forward 4 demands by stating that having publicly placed the plea of the Federation, the office of NSF with the support of its Federating units spread across four Indian States and two international countries and also its subordinate bodies in almost all major cities/towns of India places the following demands of the concerned authorities for immediate compliance:
- Set-up a Court Monitored Committee: The NSF demands that the GoI sets up a court monitored committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge in order to conduct a fair and impartial probe into the incident and ensure that all those reponsible for the heinous crime is brought to justice without any delay whatsoever. All Federating Units and Sub-ordinate bodies of the federatin are hereby directed to severe ties with any Indian armed forces until befitting punishments are awarded to the culprits involved in the barbaric act after report of the committee is tabled by such a committee.
- Revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from all Naga Inhabited Areas: The Federation sees no rationale as to why the entire Naga inhabited areas in India is tagged as ‘disturbed area’ and the draconian AFSPA is thrust upon its people when the Indo-Naga political dialogue been held at the Prime Minister’s level is at a very crucial stage. It is only because of AFSPA that the armed forces continue to operate with impunity while forgetting all values that inhibits a sober soul. It is therefore demanded of the GoI to immediately withdraw the atrocious AFSPA from all Naga inhabited areas and also repeal the same without further delay.
- Special Assembly of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly: The NSF demands that a special assembly of the NLA is convened at the earliest to adopt a resolution for revocation of the controversial AFSPA.
- Befitting Compensation to all the Victims: The Federation demands that befitting compensation is announced by the government to all the victims of the Oting massacre and also to those injured in the incident. No amount of money can place the sentiments nor account for the bloods that were shed on 4th December 2021. However, the same will go a long way in ensuring that those dependent on the unwilling victims are not further deprived of their livelihood.
Only medical and other emergencies services, Police, Weddings with commuter carrying a copy of the wedding card and other emergency services and students appearing for various exams shall be exempted from the purview of the said bandh. All para-military forces and armed forces are hereby sternly informed not to make any movements during the duration of the bandh.