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Expressing anguish over the “atrocities” committed by the security forces in Oting, the Naga Hoho said in its memorandum, “This is not an isolated incident and Naga people have been repeatedly humiliated and insulted without recognizing our rights to life.”
The annual Hornbill Festival, an annual 10-day tourism extravaganza held at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama near Kohima, was scheduled to end on December 10.
🔴 Violence broke out between the villagers and security forces when they discovered the bodies covered with tarpaulin sheets. Angry people then set on fire three vehicles of the security forces, the report said.
On Saturday, there was sound of gunfire, too — but that was different; continuous, and as one villager puts it, “ominous”.
In the clash that ensued between forces and villagers after the ambush, seven more villagers died, including 38-year-old Hokup, whose wedding the entire village, including the twins, had attended.
The commission has also observed that it is "incumbent upon the security forces ensuring proper precaution with a humane approach even if it involved the militants".
The FIR stated that at the time of the incident, there was no police guide and neither did security forces “make requisition to police station to provide police guide for their operation..."
This comes on a day when Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, too, called for the repeal of the Act.
Officials in the security establishment said the incident was the result of an Army operation in which the victims may have been mistaken for insurgents from the Yung Aung faction of the banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang).
The incident triggered violence in the area Saturday night and late Sunday afternoon, in which eight more civilians (seven on Saturday, and one Sunday) were killed after security forces allegedly opened fire.
🔴 Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said Home Minister Amit Shah 'can’t get away by just expressing anguish'.
🔴 Insurgent groups condemn action, call it ‘black day’ for Nagas
Abhijit Sinha, Nagaland’s Principal Secretary (home), said that the situation is under control now and prohibitory orders have been imposed in Mon town.
While Yimchunger, a 44-year-old primary school teacher from Sangphur village, is a new name in Nagaland’s political landscape, he has been working for people at the grassroots level for the past few years.
Myanmar nationals have been fleeing the country since February following a military coup that left its democratically elected government in exile and sparked protests and subsequent crackdowns.
“The nomenclature of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) for the Opposition-less government in Nagaland has been unanimously approved by the legislators and party leaders of NDPP, BJP, NPF and Independent MLAs,” chief minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted.
The order said all government offices will be allowed to function with 100 per cent attendance and the staff need to be fully vaccinated.
This is the second time that the northeastern state will have an all party government.
UNC has asked the district apex organisations, women, students and tribal hohos (leaders) to strictly enforce the total shutdown in their respective jurisdictions.
The US state observed July 19 as 'Dr Jonathan Iralu Day' after the man who set up outdoor tents and drive through tests in the early stages of pandemic
“We are looking to form a non-opposition government to pursue the Naga political issue at the earliest. All 25 legislators of the NPF will join the ruling alliance,” said NPF general secretary Achumbemo Kikon.
As per the new relaxation order, shops and business establishments are permitted to function from 6 am to 2 pm.
In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said Wednesday the government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of the state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.
While regular religious services and gatherings will continue to remain suspended, the fresh order permits prayer meetings with not more than 20 people.