Centre sets up panel on Nagaland AFSPA relief | India News

DIMAPUR/NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has constituted a five-member committee headed by registrar general of India Vivek Joshi to examine the possibility of withdrawing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Nagaland in the wake of the botched December 3 Army operation in Mon district that resulted in 14 civilian deaths. The committee will submit its report within 45 days. AFSPA has been been in place in Nagaland for decades.
A joint statement issued by Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, his deputy Y Patton and Naga People’s Front Legislature Party leader TR Zeliang on Sunday said the decision was taken at a meeting convened by Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on December 23. At the funeral of the victims from Oting village in Mon, Rio had led the call for a repeal of the “draconian” AFSPA, a demand backed by his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma.
The committee includes the additional secretary (northeast) in the ministry of home affairs as member secretary along with the Nagaland chief secretary, DGP and Assam Rifles director general as members. Committee head Joshi holds the additional charge of secretary of border management.
Apart from Rio and his deputy, the Delhi meeting was attended by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance. The meeting decided that based on the outcome of a court of inquiry, disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against the Army para commando unit involved in the Mon operation and the personnel who were in the team that night. Once identified, they will be placed under suspension with immediate effect, the Rio government said.

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