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NHRC Notice to Centre, Nagaland On Killing Of Innocent Civilians

Nagaland: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance on Civilians Killing

In the aftermath of the killings of 14 Naga civilians by Indian Army in Nagaland, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Nagaland government over the killing of civilians during an alleged “botched up operation” by the Army Para Commandos to target militants, according to official sources.

It triggered several incidents of arson, rioting and attack on soldiers and Assam Rifles camp, resulting in more injuries and deaths, including that of one soldier, the rights panel said in a statement.

The NHRC has “taken suo motu cognizance of media reports on the killing of civilians when their vehicle was fired upon in an alleged botched-up operation by the Army Para Commandos, lying in wait for militants in Mon district of Nagaland late Saturday”, it said.

NHRC has issued notices to the defence secretary, Union home secretary, chief secretary and the Nagaland director general of police, seeking a detailed report in the matter within six weeks, the statement said.

The commission has also observed that it is “incumbent upon the security forces ensuring proper precaution with a humane approach even if it involved the militants”.

The report is expected to include the status of the inquiry being conducted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), the relief granted to the next of kin of the deceased, status of the medical treatment being provided to the injured and the cases registered against the persons, officers responsible for the incident, the statement said.

The Commission also observed that it is incumbent upon the security forces to ensure proper precaution with a humane approach even if it involved the militants.

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