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Nagaland firing: Protests against Army’s botched-up operation continue

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  • Protesters call for boycott of Army, arrest of jawans involved in the killing of civilians in Mon district of Nagaland earlier this month

Kohima: The Indian Army’s regret at the loss of civilian lives in its botched up ambush in Nagaland or its assurance of a high-level inquiry has done little to assuage the anger among the public. Protests against the killings earlier this month have only intensified over the days.

On Thursday, too, thousands of protesters were out on the streets demanding justice for the victims.

A dawn-to-dusk bandh was called in Mon.

The protesters are demanding immediate arrest of jawans responsible for the killings. Tribal groups have called for boycott of the Army.

Fourteen civilians were killed in the Army’s ambush and the aftermath in Mon district of Nagaland on December 4 and 5. The Army expressed deep regret over the incident and called it a case of mistaken identity. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in his statement in the Parliament, said the Army had got inputs of insurgents’ movement and had hence laid an ambush. The jawans had fired at the civilians’ vehicle suspecting it to be ferrying the insurgents. One jawan, too, was killed in the violence that followed the firing.

Shortly after the incident, the chief ministers of Nagaland and Meghalaya had demanded repealing of Armed Forces Special Protection Act (AFSPA). This, too, is among the demands of the protesting groups.

 

 

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