Current Affair: Death of Nagaland Civilian | Know what happened in Nagaland's Mon district

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Death of Nagaland Civilian | Know what happened in Nagaland's Mon district

At least 13 people including a soldier had been died in a firing incident by the security forces in the Mon district of Nagaland on December 4, 2021. The civilians were a group of daily-wage labourers from Oting village.

At least 13 people including a soldier had died in a firing incident between Oting and Tiru villages in Nagaland's Mon district on December 4, 2021. The Superintendent of Police Imnalensa confirmed that 13 people had died in the incident.

As per reports, the civilians were mistakenly killed by the security forces during an anti-insurgency operation in the Mon district of Nagaland, which lies along India's international border with Myanmar.

What exactly happened in Nagaland's Mon district?

As per official reports, the civilians were a group of daily-wage labourers from Oting village who were returning home from a coal mine in a pick-up van when they were allegedly fired upon by the security forces. One soldier has also died in the firing and several others were injured. 

The security forces were conducting an operation in the area after receiving inputs on the movement of militants of the Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K). 

The bodies of the civilians were found in the van when volunteers from the village went searching for them after they failed to return for several hours.

The locals retaliated to the killings by setting two vehicles belonging to the security forces on fire. As per officials, the situation is now under control and the police are conducting spot verification.

It is also being investigated if the incident was a case of mistaken identity.

Army orders court of Inquiry

The Indian Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into the civilian killings. The army said in a statement that the incident and its aftermath are deeply regretted and assured that appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law after the court of inquiry. 

Nagaland CM orders high-level SIT probe

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has also ordered a high-level probe into the incident. He tweeted saying, "The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. High-level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections." 

Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted, "Anguished over unfortunate incident in Nagaland’s Oting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. A high-level SIT constituted by State govt will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families."




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