Repeal AFSPA from Nagaland, says NSF
Dimapur, June 30 (EMN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has condemned the declaration of the entire state of Nagaland as “disturbed area” for six more months and appealed to the government of India to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958.
In a press release, the student body accused the central government of extending the inhumane Act on the pretext of “law and order” problem in the state.
“The world is witness to the fact that Nagaland is a beautiful state being inhabited by the peace loving citizens which is contrary to what it is made to look like by the impugned order.
After a thorough perusal of the ‘law and order’ situations of the various states in the country, it escapes the rationale of the federation as to why the controversial law, AFSPA, is in operation in a relatively peaceful state of Nagaland and not in other states with even worst and appalling law and order records,” read the statement.
“The history of excesses committed by the armed forces upon the Naga people under the cover of AFSPA calls for condemnation from all quarters and all right thinking citizens of the world,” it added while appealing to the Centre to “objectively assess the situation and not act upon bias reports from their various agencies”.
Terming the AFSPA as “unconstitutional”, the federation appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs to repeal the controversial law once and for all.