CPI-M slams Modi regime, demands repeal of AFSPA

New Delhi, December 07 (KMS): The Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) has hit out at the Modi government over the killing of 15 civilians by Indian Army in Nagaland state’s Mon district and demanded the repeal of the black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

The CPI-M strongly condemns the botched operation by the Indian Army in Mon district that led to the killing of, at least 17 civilians, the party said in a statement.

“The explanation given by the army that these ghastly killings happened due to an ‘intelligence failure’ does not explain how such an ambush blunder occurred. A thorough investigation must be speedily conducted and the guilty punished,” it said and demanded compensation for the victims.

CPI-M MP, Binoy Viswam, has lashed out against Indian Home Minister Amit Shah for the deaths. “Under BJP rule, human lives have no value. They can be shot dead by the military and paramilitary forces as they like. Nagaland is the latest. Guns decide the fate of Indian democracy. Shame on Amit Shah,” he tweeted. The CPI demanded an impartial inquiry into the entire incident.

It said the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah should be held responsible for the “lack of transparency” surrounding the issue of Nagaland and Naga talks.

“The political and social turmoil that prevails in the Northeast also demands the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Statute Book, as it is evident that AFSPA has failed in restoring normalcy in the region,” the statement said.

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