DEC 4: SYMBOLIC OBSERVANCE IN REMEMBRANCE OF OTING VICTIMS
Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Saturday has asked all its federating units “to symbolically observe December 4 in remembrance of the victims of the Oting massacre at their respective Oking.”
NSF president Kegwayhun Tep and social & cultural secretary Benjong Longchar, while paying homage to the departed souls, who were brutally massacred by the para military forces at Tiru/Oting village, vehemently condemned the cowardly act of the Indian Armed forces.
Alleging that the armed forces, shielded by AFSPA regime, have been causing terror in the hearts and minds of the Nagas for several decades, the federation demanded that the Central government deliver justice to the victims and family members of the gruesome Oting incident and to all the pending cases related to the excesses committed by the Indian armed forces without further delay.
“The Federation sees no rationale as to why the Naga homeland within India is tagged as ‘disturbed areas’ and the repressive AFSPA is thrust upon its people when the Indo-Naga political dialogue’s been held at the Prime Minister’s level is at a very crucial stage,” NSF stated.
The federation said it was only because of AFSPA that the Indian armed forces continue to operate with impunity in complete disregard of all humane values and virtues.
It, therefore, demanded repeal of the draconian law once and for all and that human rights were restored in the Naga homeland.
Reaffirms non-cooperation with Armed forces: Further, the federation, during its 4th Federal Assembly held at Boro Henam village, Dima Hasao, Haflong on December 2 reaffirmed its earlier resolution to extend non-cooperation towards the Indian Armed Forces until AFSPA was repealed.
Meanwhile, as per directive of the NSF, the Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) on Saturday informed all concerned that AKM would be observing the anniversary of Oting incident on December 4 2022 at AKM office.
AKM also requested the public to observe the day with prayer.