13 civilians killed in a case of mistaken identity during security operations in Nagaland; CM condemns the incident

Several villagers were killed by security personals in the Mon district of Nagaland. The incident was considered an “ambush” incident near the border of Myanmar. Security force jawan was also killed in the incident. As per reports, armed forces personnel allegedly killed 13 civilians in which all are coal miners, THE HINDU reported.

Locals in the area said para commandos are believed to have mistaken the victims as members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang-Yung Aung) and ambushed them. In response to the incident, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, appealing for calm, tweeted this morning about the “unfortunate incident” that led to the “killing of civilians” in the state. 

The incident in Nagaland took place between Tiru, a coal mining area, and Oting, the village of the victims. The distance between the two places is about 15 km. The incident took place on December 4, 2021, when the victims were returning home from a coal mine in a pickup truck. They were daily wagers at the coal mine.

The locals in the area turned into angry mobs and surrounded the security forces as soon as the news about the death of villagers was reported. The bodies were being brought to district headquarters Mon for post-mortem. The situation was said to be tense.

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Local organizations have demanded action against the guilty personnel and threatened to approach national and international human rights organizations. Members of the victims’ families refused to receive their bodies if justice is not delivered fast.