Nagaland Guv summons Assembly session on Dec 20 to discuss repealing of AFSPA

In the wake of the Oting incident on December 4, the state cabinet, at an emergency meeting on December 7, had decided to write to the Government of India to immediately repeal the AFSPA in Nagaland.



Nagaland Governor Jagdish Mukhi has summoned the 10th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly at 9.30 am on December 20 to discuss the repealing of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA) 1958 besides the Naga Political issue, Assembly commissioner and secretary Dr PJ Antony said in a notification, on December 11.

The notification was issued after the Core Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political issue, headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, on December 9, decided to call a one-day special session of the Assembly.

Speaker Sharingain Longkumer has convened a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee in the committee room of the Assembly secretariat at 1 pm on December 16 to finalise the provisional programme for the Assembly session.

On December 7, the state cabinet, at an emergency meeting, had decided to write to the Government of India to immediately repeal the AFSPA in Nagaland. The cabinet also decided to support the demands of the Konyak Union put forward to President Ram Nath Kovind to revoke the Act from the Northeast.

In the wake of the Oting incident, the state government had also set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by an IGP and consisting of four other members, to probe the incident. The SIT was asked to submit its report within one month.

Following the December 4 Oting incident in Mon district in which 14 civilians, belonging to the Konyak tribe, were killed in an ambush by the security forces, various Naga organisations, including the Naga Students Federation, urged the state government to convene a special session of the Assembly to pass a resolution for repealing the AFSPA.

The demand for repeal of the Act also found support among all organisations and politicians in other states of the Northeast.

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