Naga Hoho expresses concern on extension of AFSPA in Nagaland

The Naga Hoho said that it “is extremely shocked” by the attitude of the Government of India for ignoring the voice of the Naga people “as a whole” by extending “disturbed area” for six months in the state of Nagaland.

In a statement issued on December 30, the influential body of Naga tribes, Naga Hoho, said: “It is a direct challenge and a message from the Government of India to keep on crushing the inalienable rights of the Nagas.”

The Naga Hoho further said that if India is truly a democratic country, then the voice of the people should have been heard.

“Whereas, on the contrary the dignity and rights of the Naga people is simply not respected nor considered as fellow human beings,” it added.

The Naga Hoho then said that even after “slaughtering Naga brothers” on December 4 and 5, 2021 at Oting village, the Government of India “still continues to ignore the pain and cry” of the Naga people.

“It is a proven fact that, the extension of AFSPA for another 6 months in Nagaland in the midst of the people protesting against the inhuman act of is nothing but an act to dehumanise the Naga people,” it added.

The Naga Hoho then called upon every Naga across borders to stand in united voice. “Our identity and our lives cannot be compromised in the hands of the Indian security forces but to stand up for our God given rights. We will decide our destiny but not by the Government of India,” it asserted.

The Centre on December 30 extended the AFSPA in the state for another six months.

On December 23, Union home minister Amit Shah held a meeting to discuss the present scenario in Nagaland with the chief ministers of Nagaland, Assam and other officials of the states and the ministry and decided to form a committee to look into the withdrawal of AFSPA in Nagaland and the committee was to submit its report in 45 days.

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