• Nagaland Firing Incident: Bodies Of 14 Civilians Laid To Rest In Mon

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will also speak about the incident in both houses of the Parliament today
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    The bodies of the 14 Naga civilians who were killed by security forces in three consecutive incidents of firing in the State, were laid to rest at Helipad ground in Mon district of Nagaland on Monday morning.

    A blanket bandh has been called by various Naga organisations in the State to protest against the armed forces and many have asked the Centre to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the State.

    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.

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will also speak about the incident in both houses of the Parliament today.

    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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