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Oting incident was misuse and abuse of AFSPA: Nagaland CM Nagaland | Oting incident
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Oting incident was misuse and abuse of AFSPA: Nagaland CM

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 09 Dec 2021, 11:55 pm

Kohima/IBNS: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that the Oting incident was a misuse and abuse of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.

In memoriam, a tribute programme for the Oting tragedy was held on Thursday at the Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima.

Rio added that the Act is violative of human rights and the Naga people have opposed it for decades.

The Nagaland CM expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the 14 victims.

He also urged the public to remain strong and courageous, and appealed not to retaliate. He said that it is the time to defeat violence with non-violence and asked the people to shun away from violence and show the nation that AFSPA is not needed.

He added that the society cannot allow any force to derail the hard won peace process.

The Chief Minister hoped that the country and the rest of the world will not only understand the Nagas' story but also the want for lasting peace.

Former Chief Minister TR Zeliang called for repeal of AFSPA stating that it brought only pain and suffering. He said that no amount of reason can justify the killing of innocent civilians and urged the government to leave no stones unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Zeliang said that when the Nagas were anticipating the final breakthrough in the Indo-Naga political issue, the Oting incident had come as a rude shock.

Musical performances were presented by Kewhira Strings Quartet; Nagaland Conservatory of Music Choir; Sanctuary Choir, Union Baptist Church; Chubatola Imsong; TaliAngh & friends; Konyak Youths (East Story); Bozio Nienu and Ameü ÜsouZao Choir.

Chairperson of the programme, Senior Pastor, Kohima Ao Baptist Church, Rev Sentisashi Aier, gave the introductory remark. Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton delivered the vote of thanks.