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Nagaland firing: Home Minister Amit Shah to give statement in both Houses of Parliament

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New Delhi: A day after reports of civilians in Nagaland killed by the Indian Army, Home Minister Amit Shah will give a statement on the incident in both the Houses of the Parliament on Monday afternoon.

At least 14 civilians were killed in Mon district of Nagaland over two days in a botched-up Army operation on Saturday and its aftermath.

The intelligence input was regarding insurgents of the Yung Aung faction of the banned outfit NSCN (K).

As the situation in Nagaland remained tense, section 144 was imposed in Mon.

 

The incident

In the first firing, six workers, mistaken as insurgents, were killed on Saturday when they were returning from work.

Locals who reached the spot surrounded the Army vehicles. In the subseqeunt rioting, army vehicles were burnt down and a soldier was killed. Seven more civilians, too, were killed.

On Sunday, angry mobs set fire to parts of the Assam Rifles camp in teh area and vandalized offices of the Konyank Union.

One more person was killed and two others injured in the incident.

 

Uproar over Nagaland firing

Reacting to the killings, Defence PRO (Kohima) Lt Col Sumit Sharma said “Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District, Nagaland. The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted.”

A five-member SIT, headed by Nagaland IGP, has been formed to investigate the matter.

Condoling the incident, Amit Shah said a high-level SIT constituted by the state government would probe the incident thoroughly to ensure justice to the bereaved families.

The Opposition has lashed out at Shah over the incident.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi called it “gut-wrenching” and demanded a reply from the government. “What exactly is the home ministry doing when neither civilians not security personnel are safe in our own land?” he asked.

 

 

 

 

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