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Khasi Students’ Union demands Govt to revoke AFSPA following Mon firing incident

SHILLONG: The Khasi Students ‘ Union (KSU), expressing its deep resentment and anguish at the at the demise of unarmed Naga civilians at the hands of Assam Rifles in Oting village falling under Mon district of Nagaland.

The KSU today said that the Government of India should immediately revoke the “monstrous” AFSPA and instead formulate laws to safeguard and protect the rights and existence of the indigenous inhabitants of NE India.

“If the GOI is concerned about the existence of tribals in the region then it should draw stringent and harsh action against the erring and bloodthirsty personnel involved in the above incident. Also the KSU is of the opinion that military deployment and establishments in the region should be reduced to minimal in order to avert a Tatmadaw like regime present in Burma”, Donald V Thabah, General Secretary of the Khasi Students’ Union, said.

“The KSU at this juncture would like to conveyed its condolences to the bereaved families of the victims. Also the Union would like to state that it stands with the Naga brothers and sisters in their quest for justice and their undaunted fight against oppression,” Donald Thabah said in his statement.

“Such boldness from the end of the Indian Army to kill people with impunity in the NE region is solely due to the draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act which is more or less like a license to Indian soldiers to kill, torture or arrest anybody as per their whims and fancies,” he added.

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