NMA seeks probe into Arunachal killings

DIMAPUR, JUL 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/24/2020 2:16:37 PM IST

Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) Friday reiterated its deep grief over the “gruesome killings of the six Naga youth” in Arunachal in the midst of a ceasefire and ongoing peace process” and demanded an inquiry into “such extra judicial killings” in the interest of human rights and justice.

In a representation addressed to the governor, NMA president Abeiu Meru and secretary Lochumbeni Humtose stated that solution has to lie in a genuine earnestness for peace so no more blood was shed.

NMA also apprised the governor of its July 9, 2020 executive meeting resolution that expressed “deep concern” over the issues raised by the governor’s letter to chief minister, particularly on ‘armed gangs’ and its impact on the ongoing peace process. NMA urged the Raj Bhavan to reflect on mutual respect between the peace talk, interlocutor and the negotiating Naga Political Groups (NPGs) in the spirit of bringing a settlement to the long drawn Naga political issue. 

NMA stated that the Cease Fire Monitoring Group stands as a testament that there were ground rules if any violations took place and action thereof. 

Unless there was mutual respect and an honest will, devoid of biasness, NMA said “we may not see sustainable peace in the days ahead.” 

The Naga mothers asserted that peace must be inclusive of all NPGs to bring about a just peace and a settlement for all Nagas. “We are aware of the intricate responsibility of your role as the Interlocutor and the Governor of the State. However, the Naga political issue must be resolved, without denigrating our years of struggle into a problem of law and order,” NMA stated.

NMA urged democratic processes be respected in the spirit of “bringing peace into our land.”

Further, NMA expressed deep concern over state government’s order to employees to declare relationships with any Naga political groups and demanded that the state revoke its order and form and instil trust and confidence in its employees. 

Expressing deep resentment against the extension of the Disturbed Area Act (DAA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), NMA said peace cannot come through the barrel of the guns anymore and urged for the repeal of AFSPA.

Meanwhile, NMA has urged the governor to address issues of rampant corruption within the governance systems. 

NMA expressed belief that the governor as the constitutional head of the state had the authority to seek and issue directions for exemplary investigations and action. 

NMA asserted that it supported any actions that seek to bring accountability in governance systems in the State. It also said that the Lokayukta Act needed to be revisited with more powers.



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