EFENew Delhi

The government of a restive northeast Indian state Monday sought the revocation of a controversial law that gives sweeping powers to security personnel for counter-insurgency operations, a day after soldiers allegedly killed 14 civilians in and after a botched anti-terror operation.

The Indian government expressed regrets over the killing of civilians in Nagaland amid noisy protests in parliament.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the top elected official of the state, said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives the army shoot-to-kill powers to fight militants, was “draconian” in nature and “should be removed.”

“This (the law) has blackened the image of our country,” Rio said. EFE