Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Candlelight vigil held in Dimapur in memory of victims of Oting massacre

Staff Reporter

Konyak Union Dimapur (KUD) organised a candlelight vigil at Konyak Community Centre (KCC) Purana Bazaar on Sunday evening on the theme “Remembering the lives lost on 4th and 5th December, 2021 Massacre”.
Addressing the gathering, KUD president Mosa said the candlelight vigil had been organised in memory of the 14 innocent lives massacred by troops of 21 Para of Indian Army at Oting in Mon district on December 4, 2021
He hoped that such an incident never recurred in the future, stating that December 4 would be always regarded as “Black Day”.
He also informed the gathering that the candlelight vigil was conducted after proper authorisation from Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD). He appealed for continuous support and cooperation till justice was delivered.
Meanwhile, representing Dimapur Eastern Nagaland Students Union (DENSU), Auchingsonla Chang in her speech lamented that even after the investigation was completed by Nagaland Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the December 4 Oting incident and 30 armed forces personnel had been charge-sheeted, Supreme Court stalled the sanctioned prosecution on a petition filed by wife of an Indian Army Major who was charge-sheeted.
She pleaded with Supreme Court to also listen to the cries of thousands of Nagas as it had to the plea of a single person.
She remarked that now everything depended on the State government to try and expedite court proceedings, while cautioning that Nagas were not sleeping over the matter but keeping a keen eye on its every step.
She commented that observing December 4 as “Black Day” would serve as a reminder to all about the 14 innocent Nagas who had lost their lives on that fateful day.
“Remembering this day last year still pains me. I recall how it pained me when thousands of videos were circulated around the world at the heat of the moment. We are not only talking about a single tribe or community, but about humanity. No statement, however true it might be, can ever justify the killing of innocent people. And what hurts the most is the fact that justice has not been delivered till today,” she stated.
Chang reminded all on the significance of the candlelight vigil, asserting that it was also intended to convey to the perpetrators and the world that Nagas’ wounds had not healed, tears had not dried and the pain had not gone away. She said December 4 was imprinted in the hearts would never be forgotten.
She assured the families of 14 innocent civilians that Nagas were with them and stood in solidarity with them. She also reiterated the demand for removal of AFSPA from the entire State.
Delivering a brief message, ENPUD vice-president Sepiba Sangtam expressed his solidarity with family members of the dead and assured them that the union would stand with them till justice was served.
He also sought cooperation and support from all walks of life and expressed the hope that the future would be brighter if all could unite and stand with truth.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) president Aying Wee, invocation offered by pastor Temlei and benediction by Konyak Baptist Church Dimapur (KBCD) pastor Rev Tonlong.

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