A day-long special session of the Nagaland Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution seeking the repeal of the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from the Northeast, specifically from Nagaland, to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the decades-old Naga issue.
Condemning the Oting “massacre” in the “indiscriminate firing” by the 21 Para Special Forces, the Opposition-less Assembly also resolved to call for “an apology from the appropriate authority” along with an “assurance” that justice would be delivered by “applying” the laws of the land upon those who “perpetrated” the massacre and upon those who are “responsible” for the incident.
The special session was convened following the all-round demand for the scrapping of the law (AFSPA) in the wake of the December 4-5 killings of 14 civilians in a botched counter-insurgency operation in Mon district.
The tenth session of the Thirteenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) was held on 20th December 2021 at the NLA Secretariat, Kohima. The members of the NLA observed two minute silence in memory and honour of the 14 (fourteen) people killed at Oting-Tiru village pic.twitter.com/rpfzrdwWYj— DIPR Nagaland (@dipr_nagaland) December 20, 2021
A government official said this was the third time the state Assembly had taken a resolution against the AFSPA after 1971 and 2015.
The Act was enacted by Parliament in 1958 to give security forces certain special powers to deal with the Naga armed insurgency. It is currently imposed in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (barring Imphal municipal area) and three districts and eight police stations of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Assembly on Monday resolved to demand that the Centre repeal the Act.