Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) concluded the Tahamzam leg of their “Remembering Oinam 1987 and Mao Gate 2010” Sunday at Tahamzam (Senapati).
Hundreds of people gathered at the local Mini Stadium in remembrance of the victims of Oinam 1987 and Mao Gate 2010.
The programme started with a two-minute silence in remembrance of all the victims of atrocities and rights violation by Indian security forces. Poumai Noutumai Me (Poumai Women’s Union) and Haoka Haozam performed different skits depicting the violation of rights that occurred in these incidents and the denial of justice for the victims.
Joseph Lamkang, Da LEIVON’s, Hosannah, and Theithei Luithui and band entertained the crowd with their songs and music.
Th. Ngulani, ex-chairman of Oinam village, also a victim of torture during Operation Bluebird, gave accounts of the murders, brutalities and tortures perpetrated on the villagers. Samson Remei, President, United Naga Council, Adani David Choro, Ex-President, ANSAM, and Seth Shatsang, general secretary, ANSAM shared solidarity messages during the programme.
According to convenor NPMHR (South), Chingya Luithui many were murdered, hundreds were tortured and women molested and raped by the Assam Rifles during Operation Bluebird.
Despite the lapse of 24 years, the Guahati High Court was yet to give its final judgment on the petitions filed by the victims, he said. In the Mao Gate incident of May 6 2010 as well, Loshou and Chakho, two young students were killed and hundreds, including women, were injured in one of the most brutal inhuman acts committed by the security forces of Manipur. However, no action has been taken on the perpetrators till date, he added.
The programme also highlighted other similar incidents of human rights violations perpetrated on the Nagas including the torture and beheading of 12 Matikhru villagers in 1962, the rape of four teenagers on the church pulpit at Yankeli in 1971, the rape of Rose of Ngaprum (Kumram) in 1974, the burning alive of Rev. Pelesato Chase at Bible Hill, Phek, the rampage at Mokokchung in 1994, the unwarranted shelling and firing in Kohima in 1995 amongst others.