Nagaland firing incident

Kohima, Dec 5: 13 people were reportedly killed in a Nagaland firing incident in Mon district on Saturday evening.

According to the reports, the incident took place at Tiru village area in Mon district when the victims hailing from Oting village under Longkhao area of Tizit sub-division, were returning home in a pick-up mini truck.

Local sources informed that the incident took place at around 4 pm on Saturday and when the victims didn’t return home even several hours after the usual time, the volunteers of the village went out for searching for them.

When the villagers had found the dead bodies in a pick-up truck the angry villages set two vehicles reportedly belonging to the security forces on fire.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has condemned the Nagaland firing incident and announced a probe.

He said that high-level SIT will investigate the incident.

Confirming the incident, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio call for SIT Probe and said that “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.”

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Home minister Amit Shah expresses condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in Nagaland.

The official statement stated that “Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District, Nagaland. The incident and its aftermath are deeply regretted. 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 security forces have suffered severe injuries in the incident including one soldier who succumbed to the injuries.”

Meanwhile, The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) decided to withdraw from the annual Hornbill Festival which is ongoing at Kisama near Kohima.