• Nagaland: 2-Day 'March Against AFSPA' Begins In Dimapur

    The protestors will spend a night in Piphema and resume the march at 6 am on January 11
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    The two-day 'March against AFSPA' from Dimapur to Kohima in Nagaland, covering nearly 70 kilometres began on Monday morning at 6 am from Supermarket Dimapur.

    Several people are marching the streets and raising slogans to repeal the draconian AFSPA from the State which was extended by the Centre by six months in the State in December. There are also placards that read, "Repeal AFSPA" and many more.

    The protestors will spend a night in Piphema and resume the march at 6 am on January 11. They are heading towards Kohima, where they will be received by the public and other organisations, before proceeding to Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum.

    Even though there were doubts regarding the march due to the new Standard Operating Procedure issued by the State government in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, it was later informed that the walk was cleared by the district administration and has been granted security clearance with certain conditions.

    The organisers have been asked to maintain social peace and security during the walk and they must not affect the free flow of traffic.

    Another permit from the Deputy Commissioner also stipulated all participants must be asymptomatic and fully vaccinated as well as observe appropriate Covid-19 behaviour.

    Earlier on Saturday, the organisers stated that the march was “purely non-violent and peaceful” and urged participants to listen and obey authorities, not to indulge in violence, adding, “We shall silently march till the end.”

    AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for a few decades now but the tragic incident that occurred on December 4, when 14 civilians were gunned down by the Armed Forces in Mon district has renewed the demand to repeal the contentious Act from the State.
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