Demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Northeast Students’ Organisation (NESO) will be holding protests across the northeastern parts of the country on Thursday.
NESO, the largest student body in the northeast has called for protests in light of the Nagaland firing incident in which 14 civilians were killed during an anti-insurgency operation by the security forces.
The organisation condemned the incident that resulted in the deaths of civilians in the Mon district of Nagaland on Saturday night.
Issuing a statement, it said, "It is to be mentioned that the armed forces have been operating in NE with impunity and they are further emboldened with the imposition of a Draconian Law known as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA) in which the Government of India has not only refused to repeal but decided to continue the imposition of this draconian act even though there has been massive peoples movement for the repeal of this Act.”
It is to be mentioned that NESO represents eight student bodies from across the northeastern states, namely - Garo Students’ Union (GSU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Naga Students' Federation.