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25th yr: NSF Martyrs Day observed

Student bodies and families of the martyrs’ lay wreaths at NSF Martyr’s Park, Sunday. (Citizen Journalist Avilie Angami)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Mar. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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The 25th anniversary (1986-2011) of NSF Martyrs Day in memory of Lt. Kekuojalie Sachü and Lt.Vikhozo Yhoshü was observed on Sunday with a solemn function held at local ground, Kohima under theme “Lives that inspires.”
Speaking on the theme note, former NSF president 1985-87, Ayungba Aonok recalled that the NSF on March 20, 1986 launched a peaceful agitation in protest against extension of the Disturbed Area Belt from 5 kms to 20 kms in the International Border with Myanmar, then Burma and the introduction of Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre in Nagaland.
He said that while the students exercised their peaceful democratic rights in the state capital, the state armed forces suddenly started firing and in the midst of killed two students and injuring several others. He thanked the people’s support on that very day for the cause of NSF.
He also stressed on the need to have unity among the Naga people and admitted there was lot of division among Nagas. At the same he called upon the young generation to stand firm for the cause of Nagas and urged them should not to become victims of divisive forces.
Reflecting the moment, Dr. Vizovol Mekro, associate professor, department of Geology, Kohima Science College recalled the incident that happened on March 20, 1986 at Kohima and the sequence of events, where two students were mercilessly gunned down by state armed police forces and several others injured in the peaceful agitation called by the NSF.
Dr. Mekro, an injured person of the incident, said he was narrating the incident on the 25th anniversary of the incident. He also said that many good things happened the following day and that there was public outrage over the incident. He acknowledged the people who supported him and stated that he has no sense of regret, but a pride for taking part in the movement.
NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu said 25 years ago, the NSF had launched a peaceful protest in Kohima in protest against the State government’s decision on the introduction of IPS (Indian Police Service) cadres in Nagaland and extension of the Disturbed Area Belt from 5 Kms to 20 Kms along the Indo - Myanmar the than Burma border.
The President said that while the Students were exercising their democratic rights peacefully, as fate was destined to be, the protective armed forces of the state turned out to be an agent of oppression resulting in brutal killing of two students and injuring several others.
In its solidarity note ASU president Voto Neikha and NPMHR member Kenneth recalled the supreme sacrifices by the two students.
Speech on behalf of the martyr’s family Thinuohelie (Lt. Kekuojalie family) expressed gratitude to the successive team of NSF for observing the Martyr’s Day since their Martyrdom. Dr. Dietho-o Yhoshü spoke on behalf of Lt. Vikhozo’s family.
Former NSF speaker Elias Lotha chaired the programme while Rev. Wepre Mero, pastor Chakhesang Baptist Church MH Kohima said the invocation Mezhur Higher Secondary School, Kohima and Vizho Thakro presented special numbers and NSF general secretary o. Wati Jamir proposed the vote of thanks NSF. Earlier, student bodies and families of the martyrs laid wreaths on the memorials at NSF Martyr’s Park.

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