Meghalaya CM Says His Party Stands in Solidarity with Nagas, Demands Repeal of AFSPA

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SHILLONG, Dec 11 (PTI): Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party supremo Conrad K Sangma on Friday pledged his party’s solidarity with the people of Nagaland in demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the entire North-eastern region.

The demand for scrapping of the AFSPA that grants special powers to the armed forces to maintain public order in ‘disturbed areas’ has been renewed following the death of 14 civilians last week in Nagaland’s Mon district in three consecutive episodes of firing by security forces, the first of which was a case of mistaken identity.

“I stand together with our NPP family and in solidarity with our brothers from Nagaland to demand #AFSPA to be repealed from the entire North East,” Sangma tweeted, hours after he addressed his party’s youth conference in Manipur.

Addressing the programme, the Meghalaya chief minister condemned the gunning down of innocent civilians in Nagaland by security forces and, at the same time, mourned the death of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

Both the incidents are huge losses for the country, he said.

“But what is important to understand is how we as a nation, region and a state move forward given the situation that we faced in the two weeks,” Sangma said.

He also emphasised the need for channelising the energy of the youths in the right direction.

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