Kohima, March 20: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today commemorated the 31st NSF Martyrs’ Day in memory of late Kekuojalie Sachü and late Vikhozo Yhoshü, at the NSF Martyrs’ Park in Kohima.
Kekuojalie and Vikhozo fell victims to an indiscriminate shooting by the state police forces on March 20, 1986 while participating in a peaceful protest in Kohima town called by the NSF to rally against the state government’s decision on the introduction of IPS (Indian Police Service) cadres in Nagaland and the extension of the Disturbed Area Belt from 5 km to 20 km along the Indo-Myanmar, the then Burma, border.
Since then, every year, March 20 is commemorated as the NSF Martyrs Day.
This morning, the commemorative programme, chaired by NSF general secretary Boveio Poukai Duo, began with a prayer by NSF speaker Joshua Thong.
The service was marked by laying of wreaths on the site of the graves of the two “martyrs” and observation of one-minute silence in their memory by the gathering. NSF executives, senior leaders, well-wishers, and members of NSF subordinate bodies and federating units attended the programme.