Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed anguish over an unfortunate incident in Nagaland. In a tweet, the Union Minister conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. He said, a high-level SIT will be constituted by the State government to thoroughly probe the incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families.
Earlier in Nagaland, at least 10 civilians were reportedly killed and few others injured in a firing incident that took place at Oting village under Mon District last evening.
Sources said, the incident took place when some daily wage labourers were returning from Tiru area in a pick up truck after their days work at a coal mine.
PRO Defence Kohima Lt Col Sumit K Sharma informed that a specific operation was planned and conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents. Lt Col Sarma said 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. He said the incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted.
The PRO also informed that the security forces have suffered severe injuries in the incident including one soldier who succumbed to the injuries.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has condemned the unfortunate incident leading to killing of civilians at Oting, Mon.
In a tweet, Chief Minister Rio said a high-level SIT will investigate the incident and justice delivered as per the law of the land. Extending his condolences to the bereaved families & prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured, the Chief Minister also appealed for peace from all sections of the society.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton in a tweet said Oting’s disturbing and tragic incident in which civilians were killed will be thoroughly investigated and justice will be served.
Meanwhile, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) also expressed deep sorrow and sadness over the indiscriminate firing killing more than 10 daily wage laborers from Oting village.