The Naga Students Federation (NSF) has denounced the recent government of India notification declaring “Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition thereby extending the operation of the draconian and unconstitutional Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state for another six months”.
“Nagaland is painted as a state of chaos and lawlessness by the aforementioned notification, as the world at large is witness to the fact that Nagaland is not what it is made to look by the ill intended notification of the central government,” the NSF stated in a release.
The apex Naga student body continued it is “Uncompromisingly of the opinion that the extension of AFSPA is not for the maintenance of law and order in the state but only a diabolic attempt of the central government to further the suppression of the Naga people through militarisation by encouraging the numerous abuses and serious human rights violations by the armed forces which have been ongoing over many years.”
The NSF questioned the “overarching approach” of the central government in extending the “inhumane” Act as ‘law and order’ is the subject matter of the state government.
The student body reiterated its “long standing” view that AFSPA violates the constitution “as it infringes upon the various fundamental rights of the citizens and that the bad law must be repealed altogether”.
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