AFSPA extension to further suppress the Naga people through militarization; NSF

(NSF office at Kohima | File Photo: NagalandExpress)

Kohima, December 31 (NE): The Naga Student’s Federation (NSF) media cell through a press release on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 vehemently condemns and denounce the recent Government of India notification declaring that ‘the whole state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition’ thereby extending the operation of the draconian and unconstitutional Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state for another six months.

The NSF is appalled that a peaceful state like Nagaland is painted a picture of chaos and lawlessness by the aforementioned notification, as the world at large is witness to the fact that Nagaland is not what it is made to look like by the ill intended notification of the central government, the notification stated.

The federation is uncompromisingly of the opinion that the extension of AFSPA is not for the maintanence of law and order in the state but only a diabolic attempt of the central government to further the suppression of the Naga people through militarization by encouraging the numerous abuses and serious human rights violations by the armed forces which has been ongoing over many years.

The NSF hereby reiterates its long standing view that AFSPA is violative of the constitution as it infringes upon the various fundamental rights of the citizens and that the bad law must be repealed altogether. The NSF further compelled to question the overarching approach of the central government in extending the inhumane Act as ‘Law & Order’ is the subject matter of the state government, it notified.

The central Government must realize that India is a democracy in which the armed forces are supposed to be subject to civilian control and that abuses by the armed forces while being shielded by AFSPA only fuel public anger, permitting militant groups to flourish and putting soldiers at greater risk, it added.