The Nagaland government has “impressed upon” the Centre to replace the Assam Rifles unit currently deployed in Mon district of the state. 

This was informed by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday. 

“The Nagaland delegation impressed upon the UHM (union home minister Amit Shah) to replace the Assam Rifles unit in Mon with immediate effect,” Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio said. 

A three-member delegation of Naga leaders comprising – CM Rio, deputy CM Y Patton and NPF leader TR Zeliang met union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on December 23 and “impressed upon” to replace the Assam Rifles unit currently deployed in Mon district of the state. 

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Notably, one person had lost his life on December 5 after personnel of the Assam Rifles unit deployed at Mon in Nagaland opened fire to control a rampaging crowd of protestors that gheraoed at the force’s base in the district following the botched counter-insurgency operation by the commandos of the 21 para special forces of the Indian Army. 

Meanwhile, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio stated that Amit Shah has assured the delegation of constituting a high-level committee to study the possibilities of withdrawing AFSPA from Nagaland.  

“The five-member committee will be headed by additional secretary (Northeast), MHA and will comprise of Nagaland chief secretary, DGP, IGR North and representative from CRPF,” NPF leader TR Zeliang informed this correspondent. 

Moreover, Zeliang also informed that the commandos of the 21 Para special forces involved in the killing of innocent Naga civilians in the botched counter-insurgency operation will be placed under suspension. 

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