Northeast must stand united against AFSPA: James K Sangma
Sangma said that the NPP has always been very vocal against AFSPA and following the killing of 14 innocent people, the demand for the repeal of this “draconian” Act’s should rightfully gain more momentum.
Commemorating the completion of a week of the unfortunate incident when 14 civilians were gunned down in an ambush by the security forces in Mon district of Nagaland on December 4, National Peoples’ Party (NPP) leader, James K Sangma took part in a candlelight vigil organised in solidarity of the victims in Shillong, on December 11.
Calling for unity among the Northeastern states against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958, Sangma, addressing the gathering, said, “We must all stand united - not just as the people of Meghalaya and Nagaland but as the people of the Northeast. We must come together to say with one voice that we do not want the AFSPA.”
He said the NPP has always been very vocal against AFSPA and following the killing of 14 innocent people, the demand for the repeal of this “draconian” Act’s should rightfully gain more momentum. “This is a moment for us to appeal to the Government of India that AFSPA should be repealed,” Sangma said.
“We also maintained…that we are against AFSPA as for too long our people have suffered; for too long has this draconian law been misused by the security forces under this so-called empowering of the armed forces,” he said, adding that the people have lost their faith in this Act as many have been exposed to incidents of torture, rape, and human rights abuse under this Act.
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