Strongly condemning the killing of several Naga civilians by the Indian Armed Forces in an operation carried out in Nagaland’s Mon district, the Naga Students' Federation has called for a total shutdown in all Naga Inhabited areas on Monday 6 am to 12 noon.
The NSF has directed all its Federating Units and subordinate bodies to effectively monitor the bandh in respective jurisdiction following the incident that took place at Oting village on Saturday.
As many as 13 villagers who were returning to Oting from their place of daily work at Tiru were killed on the night of December 4 when the security personnel of Assam Rifles opened fire on the truck they were travelling in an operation against Naga militants.
The chaos and violence that followed on Sunday in Mon over the Oting ambush claimed two more lives and left several others injured.
Responding to the shutdown call by the NFS, the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) has enforced total bandh in Ukhrul town, sources said.
Several organisations, inluding the NSCN-IM, NSCN-K, MSAD, JTA, UNC and NEFIS voiced strong condemnation of the armed forces attack on civilians and termed the act, which the Indian Army expressed deep regret, saying it was a "mistaken" ambush, barbaric. The organisations also demanded repeal of AFSPA imposed in the region by the Union Government.
Meanwhile, Naga Student leaders forced the Assam Rifles, who came out in the street disobeying the call by NSF for shutdown till 12.00, to turn back in Kohima.