• NHRC Issues Notices To Centre, Nagaland Govt On Civilian Killings

    The Commission calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the Nagaland Government over the firing incident by the security forces that claimed the lives of 14 civilians in Mon district.

    The Commission has issued notices to the Union Defence Secretary, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Nagaland calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks.

    The NHRC took suo-motu cognizance of media reports on the killing of civilians, when their vehicle was fired upon in an alleged botched-up operation by the Army Para Commandos, who were lying in wait for militants in Mon district of Nagaland on December 4.

    According to the NHRC statement, "This triggered several incidents of arson, rioting and attack on soldiers and Assam Rifles camp resulting in more injuries and deaths, including that of one soldier."

    It included, "The report is expected to include the status of the inquiry being conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), relief granted to the Next of Kin, NOK of the deceased, Status of the medical treatment being provided to the injured and the cases registered against the persons/officers responsible for the incident."

    The Commission has also observed that it is incumbent upon the security forces "ensuring proper precaution with a humane approach even if it involved the militants".

    On late Saturday evening (December 4), a special unit of the Indian Army mistakenly opened fire at a pick-up van carrying coal miners from the Tiru area to their village in Oting about 15 km away, killing six villagers. Soon after, a village search party found their bodies and attacked the soldiers, leading to firing in which seven more civilians died. A soldier was also killed.

    On December 5, another civilian was killed in Mon district which is dominated by the Konyak tribe when security forces tried to repeal a mob attack on an Assam Rifles camp. At least 20 people have been injured in the ambush and in the violence that followed.

    The Army on Sunday deeply regretted the civilian deaths and constituted a court of inquiry into the circumstances that led to the tragic outcome.
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday addressing the Lok Sabha on the Nagaland firing incident said that the probe into the incident will be done by the State Crime Police Station and a Special Investigating Team (SIT) has been formed.  
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