Kohima: Thirteen villagers were killed in Nagaland’s Mon district in a case of “mistaken identity” when a counter-insurgency operation went amiss. The incident took place when the personnel of Assam Rifles mistook some coal mine workers returning home in a van to be insurgents belonging to the Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K). According to the reports, those who were killed in the ambush were from the Konyak tribe of Nagaland.Also Read - Chinese Army Hands Over Missing Arunachal Teen to India, Tweets Union Minister Kiren Rijiju
Commenting on the incident, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that a high-level Special Investigative Team will probe it. He also appealed for peace from all sections of society. “The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families & speedy recovery of those injured. High-level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections.” Also Read - Jai Hind Writes Jonty Rhodes, Thanks PM Modi And Says His Whole Family Celebrates Republic Day With India
- Nagaland goverment has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the firing incident that took place on Saturday evening in Mon district, in which 13 civilians and a jawan lost their lives, an order issued by state home department signed by Chief Secretary J Alam said
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The Ao Senden, an apex organisation of Ao tribe of Nagaland, has declared a total bandh on December 6, from 6am to 12 noon in the entire Mokokchung district.
“Mobile internet/data services/ bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area of Mon district prohibited with immediate effect until further notice,” Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha said in an order.
“Anguished over unfortunate incident in Nagaland’s Oting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to 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,” Amit Shah said.
“The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families & speedy recovery of those injured. High-level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections,” Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
- In a statement, Nagaland BJP president Temjen Imna Along said, “I am deeply anguished and heartbroken by the killing of 13 innocent Oting Villagers last evening by the Assam Rifles at Tiru area. Mon district. I strongly condemn the incident in the highest terms possible.”