Nagaland firing incident a case of mistaken identity: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

Nagaland firing incident a case of mistaken identity: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 6 DEC: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday told Lok Sabha that the killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland on 4 December was a case of ‘mistaken identity’ and the Army has expressed regret over the incident.

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Addressing the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, Amit Shah said all agencies have been asked to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future. The Government of India expresses regret against this unfortunate incident, he said.

Mr Shah said, “Army had received information on the movement of extremists in Oting, in Mon district. On that basis, 21 commandos laid an ambush in the suspected area. A vehicle reached there, it was signalled to stop but it tried to flee. On suspicion of the vehicle carrying extremists, it was fired upon.”

“Six out of the eight people in the vehicle died. It was later found to be a case of mistaken identity. Two others who were injured were taken to the nearest health centre by Army. After receiving news of this, local villagers surrounded the Army unit, set two vehicles on fire and attacked them,” added Mr Shah

Mr Shah also said that as a result, one jawan of the security forces died. Many other jawans were injured. “Security forces had to resort to firing for self-defence and to disperse the crowd. This caused the death of 7 more civilians, some others injured. Local administration-Police tried to bring the situation to normalcy,” he said while giving the details of the incident.

“The current situation is tense but under control. On 5th Dec, Nagaland DGP and Commissioner visited the site. FIR has been registered and keeping seriousness in mind, probe has been handed over to State Crime Police Station. The SIT has been constituted and has been directed to complete the probe within a month,” the Home Minister said.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday ordered a high-level probe into the reported killings of civilians by security forces and the government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the matter.

The Indian Army has expressed regret over the incident and said it is being investigated at the highest level.

A day after the reported civilian killings by security forces, the state government on Sunday prohibited all mobile internet, data services, bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area of Mon district with immediate effect.

Earlier in the day, several Opposition MPs condemned the killing of civilians in Nagaland’s Mon and demanded an independent inquiry.

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