• Nagaland Civilian Killings: Streets Wear Deserted Look As 6-Hr Shutdown Called By NSF Begins

    The bandh has commenced from 6 am in the morning and will continue till 12 noon
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    The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) has called for a 6-hour blanket bandh in all Naga inhabited areas today in protest against the killings of 14 civilians by the Indian armed forces in Nagaland's Mon district.

    The bandh has commenced from 6 am in the morning and will continue till 12 noon. Medical, emergency services, police, weddings (with cards), students appearing exams have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. All para-military forces and armed forces have been sternly informed not to make any movements during the duration of the bandh.

    The NSF has also requested Naga people cutting across borderlines to not engage in merrymaking or festivities for the next five days and to join in observing a 5-day mourning period.

    Regarding the ongoing Hornbill Festival, the Federation has asked people to not participate in it as a symbolic protest against the State government that has "failed to protect its people," said the Federation.

    NSF has demanded the government of India to set up a court-monitored committee, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct a fair and impartial probe into the incident. 

    Meanwhile, the State government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the incident. The SIT will conduct an investigation under the supervision of Sandeep M Tamgadge, ADGP (Law & Order).

    An FIR has also been lodged under IPC sections 302,307 and 34 has been registered in Tizit Police Station and investigation has been taken up by Mon district police.

    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.

    Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio who was in Delhi returned to the State on Sunday evening. He is scheduled to visit Mon today.
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