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Rights group demands repeal of AFSPA

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT


GUWAHATI, Jan 30: The Mab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS) today staged a protest at Dispur Last Gate here demanding scrapping of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958.

People are outraged by the horrendous stories of atrocities committed by the armed forces, including aerial bombing, forced grouping and re-grouping of villages, burning down of villages, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial executions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and inhuman degrading treatment, etc., under the impunity provided by the AFSPA, the MASS observed. The groups also expressed their outrage at the fact that rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of militarisation under the impunity provided by AFSPA, said the MASS leaders.

The MAAS also demanded compensation to the family members of the victim of ‘secret killing’ and those who were killed in fake encounter. The organization has also opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, privatization of oil fields and construction of mega dam.

MASS chairman Jagat Bakalial and secretary general Ganesh Goswami have stated this in statement.

On the other hand, the members of All India Kisan Sabha, Assam State Council today staged a protest demanding land patta to the indigenous landless people of the State. The general secretary Bolo Bora in a statement said that instead of giving land patta to the landless people, the State government has given land patta to the big businessman like Ramdeb.

“Thousands of erosion hit people are living on embankments or roadside, but government has no land policy to rehabilitate this people. The land act of the state needs to be amended,” he said.

He also demanded that a Land Act be passed which can serve the interest of the landless people of the State.

The leaders of the organization submitted a memorandum to the government.

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