NSF laments against ''hate culture''

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Kohima, Oct 5 (UNI) The Naga Students' Federation(NSF) has expressed concern over the ''unfortunate events'' that have taken place recently in the country, from fundamentalists' violence in Orissa to the ''draconian AFSPA''.

In a release issued here today, NSF president Imchatoba Imchen lamented the government's inability to take on the challenge posed to secularism and democracy in India by divisive groups.

He said the outrageous acts of crime and violence perpetrated against Christians by bigots was nothing short of terror, which was being implicitly backed by political interests.

''Nagas denounce the culture of hatred propagated by fundamentalists of any genre. We condemn the bombings carried out in the country allegedly by the Indian Mujaheddin,'' he stated.

He also alleged that the Nagas and the people of the North East continue to suffer under state-sponsored terror.

''The extra judicial legislations in the form of the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA) is terror itself manifested. The state provides immunity to the Army to violate human rights and the Right to Life,'' he said.

The students' body appealed to the underground outfits to immediately shun any form of violence pave the way for reconciliation, unity and peace.

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