• Nagaland Police Files FIR Against Para Forces Over Killing Of Civilians

    A six-hour total shutdown has been called in Nagaland by various organisations to protest against security forces

    The Nagaland police on Monday lodged an FIR against the paramilitary forces over the firing incident that took the lives of 14 civilians and one jawan in three consecutive incidents in the State.

    The FIR states that since the counter-insurgency operation was carried out without any intimation/requisition for the local police guide, the intention of the security forces was to "murder" and "injure civilians."

    Meanwhile, the Tizit police registered a suo moto case against the 21st Para (SF) in connection with the killing of 13 civilians in Oting on Saturday.

    Nagaland DGP T John Longkumer has filed his report on the violence that erupted after the killing of one civilian in Mon district on Sunday. He said that violence broke out after confusion concerning the date of the mass funeral service for those who were killed in the Saturday firing incident.

    A six-hour total shutdown has been called in the State by various organisations to protest against security forces. Some are also demanding to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the State.

    On late Saturday evening, a special unit of the Indian Army mistakenly opened fire at a pick-up van carrying coal miners from the Tiru area to their village in Oting about 15 km away, killing six villagers. Soon after, a village search party found their bodies and attacked the soldiers, leading to firing in which seven more civilians died. A soldier was also killed.

    On Sunday, another civilian was killed in Mon district which is dominated by the Konyak tribe when security forces tried to repeal a mob attack on an Assam Rifles camp. At least 20 people have been injured in the ambush and in the violence that followed.

    The Army on Sunday deeply regretted the civilian deaths and constituted a court of inquiry into the circumstances that led to the tragic outcome.
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