Thousands Join Mega Mass Rally Against the Forceful Occupation by Security Forces; Demands Removal of Security Forces from Nine Tangkhul Villages
Ukhrul, 16th September 2022: More than five thousand locals from nine Tangkhul Villages under Ukhrul and Kamjong staged a protest rally on 15th September against the forceful occupation by Security Forces in Ukhrul and Kamjong. The crowd demanded to remove the armed forces from the villages.
The Tangkhul Civil Society organized a protest rally against the forced deployment of security forces in the villages. The Civil society and the huge crowd of people demanded the withdrawal of AFSPA, 1958.
The regions and the villages in which the Assam Rifles forced their establishment and occupation are,
Chatric Khunou, Rangfoi, Kangpat Khulen, Kamjong, Tunsong Sibi, Poi, Mapum, Lamlang, Khamasom and Kasom Khulen. The mass rally began from Mission Ground and Dungrei Junction.
Ho Jon, President - United Naga Council (UNC), Jayson Majamu, Convenor- Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Asha Wunam, President, Naga Women’s Union, David K. Simray, President – Tangkhul - Naga`Long and others participated in the mass rally.
While speaking on the occasion, various leaders demanded immediate withdrawal of forceful occupation of Assam Rifles in the nine Tangkhul villages in the Ukhrul and Kamjong districts. The President of Tangkhul Naga Long also read out the memorandum demanding the removal of AFSPA – 1958 from the Hill districts.
Later, the CSOs submitted the memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Chief Minister of Manipur.
A copy of the memorandum has also been submitted to Francisco Cali Tzay, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Gam A. Simray, General Secretary of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).