Shillong, Dec 11: The National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) the frontal wing of the National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday evening held a candlelight vigil in solidarity against the killing of 13 civilians by security forces in Nagaland’s Mon district.
The candlelight vigil was held at the NPP office in Lower Lachaumiere.
Speaking at the vigil, NPP leader and Cabinet minister James K. Sangma said that in light of the incident it has brought into focus the whole discussion about the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“…the draconian nature of the AFSPA, the way that despite many justifications for its imposition in the northeast it has on the contrary worked against bringing about peace,” Sangma said.
The NPP leader also said that the NPP has always been very vocal against AFSPA. Nothing has happened.
“But today I believe that all those who had lost their lives, this should not go in vain. We must all stand united, not just people of Meghalaya but all the people of northeast with our brothers and sisters in Nagaland,” he added.
Sangma also said that for too long the people of the region have suffered and for too long this draconian law has been misused by security forces under the garb of this so-called empowering act.
“People have faced so many incidents of torture, rape, human rights abuse and it is time that we should all stand united for the removal of AFSPA from the northeast,” he added.