Tuesday, October 4, 2022

ENSF to hold protest against custodial death of youth in Assam

In pursuance to the emergency executive meeting held at DUDA guest house, Kohima on Thursday, Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has announced a ‘peaceful protest’ on Friday against the custodial death Henveih Phom while in the custody of Assam police.
ENSF president Chingmak Chang and assistant general secretary Kaibo Konyak informed that the protest will be held in all seven federating unit headquarters in solidarity with Phom brothers. ENSF has, therefore, directed its federating units – Chang Wedoshi Setshang, Khiamnuingan Students’ Union, Konyak Students’ Union, Phom Students’ Conference, Tikhir Students’ Union, United Sangtam Students’ Conference and Yimkhuing Akheru Arihako– to comply with the advisories while carrying out the protest.
As per the protest schedule, a peaceful public rally will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at all the seven federating unit headquarters.
Demands SIT to probe: Meanwhile, ENSF has demanded constituting Special Investigation Team (SIT) under a competent investigating officer immediately to probe the mysterious custodial death of Henveih Phom in Assam’s Sivasagar district and ensure justice by taking stringent action against the perpetrators under relevant sections of the law.
In a memorandum to chief secretary, ENSF president and assistant general secretary expressed shock and dismay at the incident that took place on August 16.
They alleged that Henveih (35), son of late Eshak Phom from Anaki-C village, was arrested by Assam Police from Anaki village jurisdiction (Nagaland) and remanded into Sivasagar district jail, Assam. They alleged that Henveih was brutally tortured and beaten by Assam Police in broad daylight and lodged into Sivasagar district jail. At the time of his arrest, his health condition was fit, ENSF stated.
However, within six days of his arrest, he died in custody on August 21 in a very suspicious manner. The family was informed by Assam Police only after his death. And when the family reached the spot, the victim’s body was found lying in a corridor at Joysagar Civil Hospital, Assam, it added.
ENSF strongly condemned the heinous act and expressed deep concern that such lawlessness existed, which undermined fundamental rights of citizens as enshrined in the Constitution of India and International Human Rights Law.
They declared that the inhuman and irresponsible act by the law enforcing force was totally unacceptable and a disgrace to the country.
Candle light vigil: Dimapur Phom Students’ Union (DPSU) will be holding a candle light vigil at The Garden area, Super Market on Friday at 5.30 p.m.
KSU to hold public rally: In compliance with the ENSF directives, the Konyak Students’ Union (KSU) has informed that a public peace rally would be organised at Private Station near KSU Martyrs Park on August 26, 2022 at 11am in solidarity with Phom community.
In a circular, KSU president T Noklem Konyak and general secretary A Pangnan have informed that citizens of Mon and students from Class 10 and above from all the Schools and Colleges in Mon town to attend the rally. KSU has also requested the business establishments at Mon town to down shutter during the programme.