NPMHR alleges atrocities in Arunachal

KOHIMA, MAY 22 | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 10:00:32 AM IST

The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) has accused the Government of India of waging militarily wage war on innocent Naga civilians on one pretext or the other. A press statement issued by NPMHR alleged that the Indian Army in recent times “has been aggressively intruding into Naga areas under the present Indian state of Manipur to launch operations against their so-called insurgents- with whom they are in ceasefire and political negotiations.”  NPMHR also accused the Indian Army of ruthlessly kidnapping and torturing Naga civilians in Arunachal Pradesh.

In its press statement, NPMHR stated that on May 14 , personnel of the 19th Sikh Regiment under the Command of Col. D. K. Tiwari, arrested Nokchai Wangsu, from Pumao village who was  taken to their Army base camp at Longding, where he was tortured and interrogated and released after sternly warning him not to disclose the incident to any person to which effect he was forced to sign on a paper without allowing him to know its contents. 
The next day on May 15, the same group of Army personnel of the 19th Sikh Regiment picked up Jimphu Wangnow, also of Pumao Village, who was also beaten and tortured for no reason, NPMHR lamented .
Following the inhuman act on May 16, NPMHR revealed that villagers of Pumao gathered at the house of the village chief to seek clarification on the atrocious acts and behaviour of the Indian Army personnel of the 19th Sikh Regiment, who also came to the meeting under the Command of Captain Preteek Dabas. 
NPMHR revealed that during the meeting, the personnel of the Indian Army started to panic when some of the villagers brought the victims to the meeting hall to have firsthand information, after which they started leaving the meeting hall. 
Some of the villagers and specially the women folks tried to bring them back,  but instead of returning,  they started opening fire, which infuriated some of the young people who also resorted to stone pelting, PMHR stated and  accused the Army personnel of training their guns on the civilians and killing Lamdaan Lukham and injuring several others in the process, .
NPMHR asserted that its version was “fully corroborated by the Civil Administration who announced a compensation of 50,000 rupees for the dead and 25,000  Rupees each for all those injured. The District Superintendent of Police also informed that an enquiry has been initiated. 
NPMHR accused the Army of telling blatant lie to cover their misdeeds through its Tezpur based Defence PRO Harsh Wardhan Pande,  who issued a statement saying; “insurgents had open fire on the security forces using civilians as human shields and that the civilian had died in the crossfire.”
The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) said is fully aware that many civil society organizations at the local levels as well as from the North Eastern region have condemned and sought for justice through various forms, including the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission of India.
 It however added that it is “very pessimistic to expect any positive responses from Government agencies and  institutions such as the NHRC which continue to function only as an eye-wash to the misdeeds of the Indian army operating in North East India, Jammu and Kashmir and other trouble-torn regions in different parts of India and as a window dressing to shield the inhuman and gruesome acts of the Government of India through its military might.”
“ Our memories are also still fresh when the National Human Rights Commission of India supported the upholding of the Armed Forces (Special Powers), Act – AFSPA, 1958, in the Supreme Court of India, during a hearing in July 1997, under Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights  versus Union of India under a Petition filed for the Repeal of AFSPA”, the NPMHR statement added. 
It called upon the Indian Civil society Organizations, Democratic Rights institutions, People’s Movements as well as the international communities, United Nation’s agencies and others, to take cognisance of these “heinous atrocities of the Government of India, who have denied even the basic “right to life” of the Naga people, leave alone the recognition of our people hood.”  
It also called upon the Government of India albeit its inhuman track record to listen to its conscience and refrain from continuing its military bloodbath.
NPMHR also expressed support and solidarity with the people of India, be it the people of Kashmir, the political prisoners, migrant workers, displaced people of developmental aggressions, trade unionists, forest people, farmers, fishermen and women, all those affected by anti-poor and anti-working class approach of the Govt. of India, the abandoned millions of toiling masses all across India, and all struggling peoples of the Indian sub-continent. 


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