Repeal AFSPA Act demands BJP allies post Nagaland Civilians Killings
The demand for the repeal of the AFSPA Act ignites again, this time by BJP allies in North East. Nagaland CM and Meghalaya Chief Minister have demanded the repeal of the act post Nagaland Civilians Killing.
The outrage against the mistaken killing of 13 civilians by the security forces in Nagaland’s Mon district has grown and now the demand to repeal the AFSPA Act is also emerging. Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, a day after the unfortunate incident of 13 civilians being killed, demanded the repeal of the AFSPA Act ( Armed Forces Special Powers Act). The Chief Minister also promised strict action over the ‘indiscriminate firing’ by the security personnels.
Addressing the crowd and the media persons at the funeral of the 13 civilians, Neiphui Rio condemned the impunity that the AFSPA (Special Acts) grants to the forces. Rio, whose NDPP (National Democratic Progressive Party) is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) said “This case will not be taken as AFSPA and action will be taken. There was indiscriminate firing and the Investigation has started. We are with you (people of Mon), we are in it together.”
Supporting his neighboring Chief Minister in the demand, Conrad Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya also demanded the repeal of the law. Sangma said that for very long his party has been raising the demand the AFSPA Act to be taken back and a law like this should not exist in a democratic setup like India. Both Rio and Sangma are a part of the NDA and are among the only three non-BJP CMs in the North-East Region.
AFSPA Act is a law that grants sweeping powers to the armed security forces to maintain law and order in the disturbed area. In the North-Eastern region of India, AFSPA is in force in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and a few districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Further, the Home Ministry through a notification on June 30 declared Nagaland a ‘disturbed area’ citing ‘law and order situation.
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