ENPO accuses AR of racial discrimination

Tuensang, November 6 (MExN): The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) has accused the superiors of the 42 Assam Rifles of racial discrimination, over the ill treatment shown to a jawan who was an HIV/AIDS patient. The organization in a press note stated that the incident is contrary to the claim made by the AR of being “Friends of the Hills People” and that the incident has indicated “possibility of unexposed and underlying ‘internal attitudes’ of prejudices, racial rationalistic and discriminatory practices” in the Indian Army/Para-military forces. Concerned over the issue, the organization stated that it is “shocked and pained beyond words at the manner of treatment given to the late jawan.” The ENPO has urged the state government and agencies or organization dealing with HIV/AIDS to strengthen coordination in regard to treatment of HIV/AIDS patients so that the patient “die or live with human dignity.” Besides the disappointment over the AR’s attitude, the organization stated that it is grateful to the authorities and staff of Naga Hospital Kohima, District Hospital of Dimapur and well-wishers for their support to the late jawan who died on November 4. The ENPO has also conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family and prays for the departed soul to rest in peace.

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