Thirteen villagers were killed today in a “mistaken identity” case during a counterinsurgency operation in Oting village, Mon district of Nagaland, sources said. A security force jawan was also killed in the incident. Another villager died today as a mob attacked the Assam rifle camp.
The Nagaland government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of five state police officers to investigate the incident. The case was transferred to the police station. A murder complaint was also filed.
All activities at the state’s iconic Hornbill festival have been canceled until tomorrow night, according to government sources.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, while appealing for calm, said a high-level special investigative team would investigate.
âThe unfortunate incident which led to the killing of civilians in Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families and speedy recovery to those injured. The high-level SIT will investigate and justice will be served according to the law of the land. peace of all sections, âtweeted Chief Minister Rio.
Here are the updates on civilian deaths in Nagaland:
“Genocide, war crimes, execution”: Nagaland BJP on botched operation
“This amounts to war crimes in peacetime and amounts to summary execution as well as genocide,” Nagaland State BJP President Temjen Imma Along said of the killing of 15 people , including 14 civilians and a member of the special forces, during a counterinsurgency operation. it went wrong on Saturday.
Congress attacked the Center for Killing Civilians in gunfire by security forces in Nagaland’s Mon district on Sunday, claiming it had once again exposed “the incompetence and folly of the Modi government in pushing a North -Is until then peaceful in turmoil and violence.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the government must give a “real response” to what the Home Office is doing when “neither civilians nor security personnel are safe in our own home. country”.
Security forces opened fire on civilians, killing 14 and injuring 11 in Nagaland’s Mon district in three consecutive shootings, the first of which may have been a mistaken identity, police said on Sunday. A soldier also died in the riots that followed.
All Hornbill Festival activities canceled until tomorrow night, government sources say
A counterinsurgency operation led by an elite unit of the Indian Army’s para special forces in Nagaland went horribly wrong on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of 13 innocent villagers, who were mistakenly viewed as militants. An army jawan also lost his life when the situation quickly spiraled out of control.
Sources said the classified operation was being carried out without the knowledge of the police or the Assam Rifles, the paramilitary force that plays a key role in handling the insurgency in the region.
The Mon region is the stronghold of the Naga group NSCN (K) and ULFA (United Front for the Liberation of Asom) of Assam and the district shares an international border with Myanmar as well as the state border. with Assam. The area is known to be sensitive and volatile.
Deeply saddened by the unfortunate deaths of 13 civilians during counterinsurgency operations in Mon, Nagaland.
I express my condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
I hope the high-level SIT will bring out the truth and help ensure justice.
– Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 5, 2021
Protests at the Horn Bill Festival against the Mon incident
In a statement, the army said: âBased on credible intelligence on the likely movements of insurgents, a specific operation was to be carried out in Tiru area, Mon district, Nagaland. The incident and its consequences are deeply regretted â.
Mobile internet and text messages were captured in Moh to prevent the spread of rumors about the incident.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was on a short visit to Delhi, left the national capital for Nagaland. He is expected to hold an urgent cabinet meeting to review the situation, government sources told NDTV.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio condemned the incident and said it will be investigated.
âThe unfortunate incident which led to the murder of civilians in Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families and speedy recovery to the injured. The high-level SIT will investigate and justice will be served according to the law of the land. peace of all sections, âhe tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton pledged that justice would be served.
The incident took place between the villages of Oting and Tiru as laborers drove home in a van from a coal mine on Saturday evening.
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Anguished by an unfortunate incident in Oting, Nagaland, on Monday. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. A high-level SIT appointed by the state government will thoroughly investigate this incident to ensure justice is served to the bereaved families.
-Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 5, 2021
Nagaland Chief Minister ensures high-level SIT investigation
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, calling for calm, tweeted this morning about the “unfortunate incident” which led to the “killing of civilians” in the state. The chief minister said a high-level special investigative team would investigate.
On information, the security forces had planned an ambush on the Tiru-Oting road but mistook the villagers for insurgents, sources said.
As the villagers were killed in the gunfire, the locals turned into an angry mob and surrounded the security forces. The forces had to shoot at the crowd in “self-defense” and several villagers were shot, police sources said.
Security vehicles were also set on fire.
Several villagers were killed today in a “mistaken identity” case in the village of Oting, in the Mon district of Nagaland, on the Myanmar border, after a counter-insurgency operation went awry, police sources said. A security force jawan was also killed in the incident.