Nagaland Firing: Mass funeral took place in Oting village; Video

Nagaland, Dec 7: A mass funeral service was organized in the Mon district Oting village of Nagaland for the 14 civilians killed by security forces on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners thronged the service to lay wreaths on coffins of the deceased villagers of Oting amid intense security and sporadic internet outages aimed at damping fresh unrest in the remote region of Nagaland.

Security and government officials say 14 members of the region’s predominant Konyak tribe and one security trooper were killed on Saturday after forces in the border state “mistook” a group of labourers for armed fighters and opened fire.

Another member of the tribe was killed during protests on Sunday over the military action, prompting the government to launch an inquiry, while police and officials ramped up patrols ahead of the last rites.

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Hundreds of mourners laid wreaths on the coffins of the dead, lined up on a public playground, as the state’s Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio led a mass funeral service in the district of Mon, the site of the incident.

Indian Home Minister Amit Shah is set to make a statement in Parliament on Monday about security in Nagaland, where hundreds of security forces with automatic weapons continue to patrol the restive Mon district.

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The Nagaland CM further informed that he has spoken with the Home Ministry who have taken the matter up seriously. “They have provided an ex-gratia amount of Rs 11 lakh and Rs 1 lakh to those who were injured. The state government has also provided Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand to those who were injured,” added the Nagaland CM.