Protest in Delhi over Ukhrul killing; Centre’s intervention sought

New Delhi Sept 3:A mass protest rally organized by the Naga Students’ Delhi (NSUD) was held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Wednesday, against the killing of two youth in Ukhrul district on Saturday by Manipur police.

nsud-protest-delhiThousands of youth who gathered at Jantar Mantar demanded Centre to intervene and withdraw Section 144 CrPc that was imposed in Ukhrul.

The protesters also burned down an effigy of Manipur chief minister O. Ibobi Singh and chanted slogans against like: “Ibobi- Gaikhangam, down-down”; “Long live Nagalim”. Later, the protesters formed long queues and marched towards the Parliament street.

“The use of force against the peaceful protesters is totally against the democratic norms. The rights of people have been violated in one of the most gruesome acts by the state armed forces. We want an immediate removal of section 144 in the state,” Tangkhul Students Union Delhi’s President Phungshok Khugreiwostti told IAMIN.

Phungshok added that the greater demand of the protest is that the Centre should intervene to remove all the draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the rights of Naga population in the state should be upheld.

Another protester echoing Phungshok’s demands also said that the State should continue the dialogue process with the Naga community.

“Our community deserves a peaceful separation from the state which means either a new state should be formed or an integration with the state of Nagaland,” he said.

Savio, who is a student of Mass Communications in Delhi, called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis. “The government of India should take action against the perpetrators of violence against the Naga community and simultaneously work for a sustainable peaceful dialogue to counter the conflict which can escalate,” Savio mentioned.

 

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