Ruling NPF opposes continuation of AFSPA in Nagaland

The ruling Naga People`s Front (NPF) on Wednesday took exception to the Centre`s decision to continue the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another 8 months.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 20:24 PM IST

Kohima: The ruling Naga People`s Front (NPF)
on Wednesday took exception to the Centre`s decision to continue the
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for
another 8 months.

The regional party alleged that the Central government
had chosen to turn a blind eye to peace prevailing in the
state and extended the tag of disturbed area and AFSPA for
8 months.

Terming AFSPA as a `draconian law`, NPF advisor Ato
Yepthomi said the extension of such measures was uncalled for
when Naga underground factions were in ceasefire with the
Centre. Moreover, peace and re-conciliation process was
proceeding, he said.

"This is nothing more than rubbing salt to injuries of
the Nagas who in recent times are recovering from bitter
fratricidal killings," he said in a statement here.