• Nagaland: Taxi Drivers Hoist Black Flags To Mourn Victims Of Mon Firing

    The Nagaland cabinet decided to call off the ongoing Hornbill Festival in protest against the killing of civilians

    In order to express solidarity and a mark of protest against the killing of 14 civilians, the Zunheboto Taxi Union Association hoisted black flags atop their vehicles on Tuesday.

    The drivers put up black flags on their vehicles at Zunheboto Town to protest against the barbaric killings in Nagaland's Mon district.

    "Zunheboto Taxi Union Association raised Black Flag in all the taxis at Zunheboto Town to extend solidarity to our Konyak community and ENPOs," according to a statement.

    As many as 14 civilians were shot dead by security personnel during a botched counter-insurgency operation and confrontation with local villagers on December 4-5. 

    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 a jawan 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. 

    The Nagaland government on Monday has granted an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the 14 people killed in firing by security forces.

    Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the Centre will be providing an ex gratia assistance of Rs 11 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

    The Chief Minister said that his government has asked the Centre to remove the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from Nagaland. 

    On the other hand, the Nagaland cabinet on Tuesday decided to call off the ongoing Hornbill Festival in protest against the killing of 14 civilians by security forces. The 10-day Hornbill Festiva was scheduled to end on December 10.
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