After the Konyak Union, eastern Nagaland civil society groups have also adopted several resolutions including non-cooperation with the armed forces following the recent killing of 14 civilians in the state’s Mon district. They have also demanded the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
The resolutions were adopted during a joint consultative meeting of all eastern Nagaland civil society groups under the umbrella of the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO), held at Longleng town on Tuesday.
ENPO said the people of Eastern Nagaland will abstain from any national celebrations or such activities, will not participate in army or civic programmes, won’t attend any of their official invitations, and not allow any recruitment drive within the eastern Nagaland area.
The apex tribal body of Naga tribes said Union Home Minister Amit Shah should withdraw his statement on the Mon violence in Parliament, wherein he mentioned that security forces had fired in self-defence. It also demanded that the military personnel involved in the civilian killings that occurred on December 4-5 should be booked under relevant law of the country and tried in a civil court.
It also called for AFSPA, which gives extraordinary powers and legal immunity to the armed forces, to be withdrawn from all northeastern states where it is in force.
Declaring December 4-5 a ‘Black Day’, the ENPO will now hold public rallies in all the tribal headquarters on December 16 in protest against the killings of 14 civilians and injuring several others.
Earlier, Konyak Civil Society Organizations — the apex body of Konyak Naga tribes — had issued regulations to continue its strict ‘non-cooperation’ movement against the armed forces.