Security forces killed 11 civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district. Police said on Sunday, adding that it is investigating whether the incident was a case of mistaken identity. The exact number of fatalities, however, is yet to be ascertained as 11 people died on the spot, and several others succumbed to their injuries in hospitals in neighboring Assam, a police officer said. The incident took place between Oting and Tiru villages when some daily-wage laborers returned home in a pick-up van from a coal mine on Saturday evening, the police officer said. The Indian Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into the incident and expressed deep regret over the incident. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law,” the Army said in a statement.
The Army said that one of its personnel was killed and several others were injured in the incident.
The Army said that one of its personnel was killed and several others were injured in the incident. Mon shares a porous international border with Myanmar, where the Yung Aung faction of NSCN (K) is based. The situation is under control and police are conducting spot verification, he said. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio condemned the incident and assured them that it will be investigated.
“The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families & speedy recovery of those injured. High-level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections,” he tweeted. Home Minister Amit Shah offered his condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. “Anguished over an unfortunate incident in Nagaland’s Oting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. A high-level SIT constituted by the State govt will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families,” he tweeted.