Nagaland: Nagaland Government Ordered SIT Enquiry on Civilian Killing
The situation continued to be tense in Nagaland’s Mon district on Sunday in the aftermath of killing of 13 civilians by the Army on Saturday.
On Sunday, authorities said that a large crowd of angry villagers gathered in Mon town and marched to the Assam Rifles camp, engaging in vandalism.
The security forces opened fire, leading to the death of one more civilian.
“They engaged in vandalism, destruction and set fire to some buildings. The security forces opened fire, which led to the death of one civilian. One more was injured,” Abhijit Sinha, Nagaland’s Principal Secretary (home) said.
He added that the situation is under control now and prohibitory orders have been imposed in Mon town.
Six civilians were killed in the operation in Tiru area of Mon district on Saturday evening when security forces allegedly mistook them for militants and fired on them.
This led to clashes later, in which seven civilians and one security personnel were killed.
The government has said that a Court of Inquiry has been set up to investigate the incident.
“Officially, ten people have been declared dead…there may be more,” Y Patton, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Nagaland, informed.
“They are saying it is a case of mistaken identity, but I cannot confirm until I reach the spot and find out,” he added.
Patton is on his way to Oting. Unofficial sources said at least 13 are dead.