Army jawan Gautam Lal who was killed in the violent mob attack that followed the firing on civilians in Nagaland's Mon district hailed from Tehri district in Uttarakhand.
Gautam Lal was a resident of Nauli village and was serving as a paratrooper in the 21 Battalion of Parachute Regiment. He had joined the Army in 2018.
Six civilians were killed when army personnel mistook coal mine workers returning home from the Tiru area to their village in Oting about 15 km away in a pick-up van on December 4 evening to be NSCN(K) militants in Mon district of Nagaland.
Soon after, a village search party found their bodies and attacked the soldiers, leading to firing in which seven more civilians and Gautam Lal died. Army vehicles were also burnt down by the enraged villagers.
On December 5, 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.
It may be mentioned the National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the Nagaland Government over the firing incident by the security forces that claimed the lives of 14 civilians in Mon district.
The Commission has issued notices to the Union Defence Secretary, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Nagaland calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday addressing the Lok Sabha on the Nagaland firing incident said that the probe into the incident will be done by the State Crime Police Station and a Special Investigating Team has been formed.
On the other hand, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that his government has asked the Centre to remove the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from Nagaland. "Nagaland and the Naga people have always opposed #AFSPA. It should be repealed," Rio tweeted.