Global Naga Forum condemns illegal harassment of Assam Rifles

Global Naga Forum condemns illegal harassment of Assam Rifles

Kohima: The Global Naga Forum has strongly condemned the alleged act harassment of the Assam Rifles personnel in detaining a Naga student of Theology in Wakka, Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on December 15 for no justifiable reason.

According to the Global Naga Forum (GNF), the student was detained around 7 a.m. on Dec. 15 in Waka Town while he was on his way home for Christmas despite having a valid student ID and showing no suspicion.

The student was then subjected to continuous and unnecessary questioning till the afternoon of December 16.

The GNF said the student was travelling in a hired puck-up and bringing a community Rice Mill to his village, an equipment that would have relieved the six-and-seven year old girls of the village from having to choose between pounding paddy for hours or missing school and other community activities.

It was to save the little girls from this burden that the village women’s society had decided to procure the much needed Rice Mill for the welfare of the entire village community,” it added.

The GNF then said the “Assam Rifles ultimately decided that the innocent Theology student whom they had harassed did not deserve to go home. They sent the student back to Dimapur, instead of to his village where he was headed for the warmth of home with family and friends at Christmas.”

While highlighting this, the GNF has called for an immediate and transparent investigation into the incident to bring those responsible to justice. For justice and the rule of law to prevail in a democratic society, there must be accountability even for the Indian armed forces, who wantonly violate the basic human rights of Naga people, it stated.

The GNF further alleged that this is the latest of too many cases of harassment and persecution of innocent Naga civilians by the Assam Rifles which have been going on for many decades, back to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1958.

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