Nagaland unrest: Mob vandalises Assam Rifles camp after 13 civilians killed in security ops | India News
The mob went on a rampage, demanding immediate action against the security personnel involved in the killing of the 13 people, they said.
Internet services suspended
Videos of the vandalism went viral on social media even as the authorities imposed a ban on internet services in the district. “To control law&order in Mon district … mobile internet/data services/ bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area prohibited with immediate effect,” said Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha.
It is yet to be known if there was any casualty in these incidents of vandalism.
Eleven people were also injured in the operation by the forces, while a soldier died in the rioting which followed.
Placards condemning the incident have been put up at the venue of the Hornbill Festival.
Army, leaders condole deaths; inquiries underway
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio has set up an SIT to investigate the incident. “
The unfortunate incident leading to 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,” Rio tweeted.
Nagaland Governor Jagdish Mukhi also condemned the incident. The SIT shall investigate the incident from all angles, read a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan.
Home minister Amit Shah too expressed his “anguish over the unfortunate incident”. “I express my deepest condolences to families of those who have lost their lives. A high-level SIT constituted by the State govt will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families,” he said.
Placards and black flags put up at the venue of the Hornbill festival.
The Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into the killing of the civilians and expressed deep regret over the incident. Army officials said the operation in Mon district that borders Myanmar was carried out based on credible intelligence inputs about the likely movement of insurgents in the area.
Army’s Nagaland-based 3 Corps headquarters, in a statement, said: “Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific op was planned in Tiru, Mon District, Nagaland. The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated.”
Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland, Tokheho Yepthomi, said that if security forces had received some info about movement of insurgent groups, then the information should have been meticulously examined.
‘Case of mistaken identity’
Several villagers of Oting village were killed and many others were injured in Mon on Saturday evening when Assam Rifles personnel on counter insurgency operations opened fire on the group returning home from work in a pick-up van. The villagers were daily wage earners working in a coal mine.
The police are investigating whether the incident was a case of mistaken identity.
Official sources said defence minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane have been briefed about the incident.
Sources said that the incident came to light when the unfortunate villagers did not return home at their usual time. Villagers immediately fanned out in search of their members when the bodies were recovered in the pick-up van.
The incident happened when the state is celebrating its biggest festival, Hornbill Festival.