Fed expresses resentment over member’s detention

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF) has raised concern over the alleged detention of one of its executive members by the Assam Rifles (AR) headquartered in Tirap HQ Khonsa after picking him up from Deomali area on the evening of 16 September “without any legitimate rationale.”
The ANSF member was released on the afternoon of 19 September, it said.
The ANSF did not disclose the name of the executive member but quoted him as saying that he was picked up by the AR without any concrete explanation and kept for more than 24 hours under custody.
Citing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the ANSF said, “If any person is detained by any security force, they should release him with the least possible delay and explain the circumstances of detainment. It (AR) totally violated the AFSP Act and also violated the writ of habeas corpus.”
The federation clarified that it was “not working for any NSCN faction as misconceived by many,” and said the ANSF “stands for peace, unity and prosperity for the people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts.”
It also said violation of constitutional and human rights by any security force and disturbing the peaceful environment of the TCL region by any ultras “will not be tolerated anymore.”
It added that “a mass constitutional democratic movement will be pronounced in the entire Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Naga region.”