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Assam Congress president Bhupen Kumar Borah

Along with civil society groups, organizations, tribal bodies, political parties of Nagaland and other states of Northeast India, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has also demanded repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the Northeast region.

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Chorus for repealing of AFSPA from the Northeast region grows shriller following the killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district on December 4 and 5.

Bhupen Kumar Borah, president of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, said that only because of the AFSPA many people of Northeast have lost their lives.

“The recent incident that took place in Nagaland’s Mon district is one of the biggest examples. Many people of the Northeast region have lost their lives only because of AFSPA. So, we Assam Pradesh Congress Committee demand the Union government that it (AFSPA) should be withdrawn immediately,” Bhupen Borah said.

Earlier, the Nagaland cabinet had decided to write to the Centre for repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the state.

A special session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will be held on December 20 to discuss about the recent incident that took place in Mon district.

Apart from the Nagaland government and many civil society organizations, tribal bodies, students’ organizations of Northeast, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and his party National People’s Party (NPP) have also raised their voices against the AFSPA.

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Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.

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