Nagaland Civilian Killings: Amit Shah to Give Statement in Parliament Over Firing Incident

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will issue a statement on the Nagaland firing incident in both the houses of the Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday, news agency ANI reported.

On Sunday, nearly 13 villagers in Nagaland lost their lives while traveling to Oting village in Mon after a counter-insurgency operation went wrong.

The impact was of the attack was that a new spell of violence broke out after hundreds of civilians vandalized an Assam Rifles camp in Mon district on Monday. As a result, one protesting citizen died.

Therefore, the Nagaland administration implemented prohibitory orders, and imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Mon town of Nagaland in light of the clashes and the tensions, prohibiting a gathering of four or more people in public.

The state government had also reportedly banned mobile internet and SMS services in the whole North-Eastern district.

In a statement, the state home department said that the administration has formed a Special Investigation Team on Sunday to inquire into the deaths of 13 civilians, who were gunned down by security forces in Mon on Saturday.

“In order to facilitate free and fair investigation of the case and looking at the complexity of the case, which may involve investigation in multiple jurisdictions beyond the district, it has been decided to transfer the investigation of the matter to the State Crime Police Station…,” the order stated.

The Nagaland Home Department also said that an FIR has been filed at Tizit police station under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 307 (attempt to murder), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

A copy of the FIR report which was accessed by NDTV said that the intention of security forces was to “murder and injure civilians”.

The report further said, “It is to be noted that at the time of the incident there was no police guide nor security forces did make requisition to the police station to provide police guide for their operation. Hence it is obvious that the intention of security forces is to murder and injure civilians.”

Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the 13 people killed in the firing. The government will also bear the cost of the injured civilians’ medical treatment, news agency PTI reported.

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