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Angami students & youth flay AR raid

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/22/2019 12:19:25 PM IST

Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) and Angami Students’ Union (ASU) have strongly condemned the raid carried out by Assam Rifles at the residence of Kezhaleo Rülho, a reputed contractor, at Bayavü colony, Kohima on June 20, 2019.

In a joint statement, Angami Youth Organisation president Neinguvotuo Krose, AYO general secretary Kekhrie Pfukha, ASU president Vizokho Zashiimo and Angami Students’ Union general secretary Petekhrietuo Kiewhuo stated that on the night of June 20, the “gun toting Assam Rifles” without any warrant as empowered in AFSPA-1958 raided “a peaceful home” belonging to Kezhaleo Rülho creating mental torture and fear psychosis especially to his young children, wife and parents. 
The signatories stated that the “unceasing act” of Assam Rifles raiding houses in the wee hours have become “a compulsive behavior unbefitting of any professional army.”
They stated that promulgation and imposition of the Armed Force Special Powers Act since 1958 in Nagaland continued to “insult the honor of the Nagas as Sub-human beings who does not deserve an iota of respect and human dignity by New Delhi.”
Stating that procedure laid down by the law was used as an excuse by the state to violate human rights with the might of her military powers, the two organsiations queried “Whose security do they exist for when the security for those whom they profess to protect is at peril?”
Angami Youth Organisation and Angami Students’ Union  asserted that Nagaland has been experiencing a relative peace since the signing of ceasefires over the years with various groups and also the initiative of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation. “This hard earned peace is extremely fragile and difficult to be brought about,” AYO and ASU stated, adding that they do not need the “friends of the hill people” to destroy this hard earned peace. “It is too precious for us to lose,” the two organsiations stated and appealed to the Assam Rifles to stop creating “mental terrorism.”

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