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13 Civilians killed in an ‘anti-insurgency operation’ in Nagaland; CM orders SIT probe


Around 13 civilians were mistakenly killed by security forces in Oting village of Nagaland’s Mon district. One jawan is also reported to have been killed by the angry locals. CM Neiphiu Rio has ordered an SIT probe and appealed for calm.

Around 13 locals were killed by security forces during an ‘anti-insurgency operation’ on Saturday evening in Oting village of Nagaland’s Mon district. A security force personnel is also reported to have been killed. Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio has appealed for calm and has ordered an SIT probe into the matter.

As per the sources, the unfortunate incident took place on Saturday evening when victims were way towards their home in a truck from a coal-mine and the para commandos mistook the victims as militants and ambushed them. 13 civilians have so far been reported to have been killed and at least 11 others are said to be injured.
Soon as the news broke out, there was a tense situation on the ground. The locals turned into an angry mob and gheraoed the security forces. The security forces, in their self-defense, had to fire at the angry mob which resulted in many locals getting injured. Locals even set ablaze fire to vehicles of the security forces and one jawan is also reported to have lost his life during the scuffle between the mob and security forces.

The situation on the ground remained tense and the bodies of the victims were brought to the district headquarters for the post-mortem. Neiphui Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, on Sunday, ordered a high-level Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. Taking to Twitter, Rio wrote “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.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and expressed his anguish over the unfortunate incident.

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By TIS Staffer
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