Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has ordered a high-level probe into the reported killings of civilians by security forces in Oting village in the Mon district of the state.
In a tweet this morning, the chief minister informed about the ‘unfortunate incident’ that led to the ‘killing of civilians’ in the village while appealing for calm.
“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,” CM Rio said in a tweet.
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
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) December 5, 2021
Some Naga youth were reportedly killed in Oting village of Mon district on Saturday when they were allegedly fired at by security forces who suspected them to be terrorists.
Nagaland Governor Jagdish Mukhi condemns the incident of firing on the villagers on the evening of 4th December at a point between Oting and Tiru village under Mon District. SIT shall investigate the incident from all angles, a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan reads
Reportedly, irked villagers torched vehicles of security forces and some people were reportedly shot when security forces opened fire to control the irate mob.
Reacting to the incident, Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the Centre over the killing of civilians during an anti-insurgency operation in Mon district of Nagaland, saying the government must give a ‘real reply’ as to what is the home ministry doing when ‘neither civilians nor security personnel are safe in our own land’.
Gandhi tweeted, ‘This is heart wrenching. GOI must give a real reply. What exactly is the home ministry doing when neither civilians nor security personnel are safe in our own land?’
This is heart wrenching. GOI must give a real reply.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 5, 2021
The Army on Sunday ordered a Court of Inquiry into the killing of 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.