Thirteen civilians and a solider died in a firing incident between Oting and Tiru villages in Nagaland’s Mon district on Saturday evening, Superintendent of Police Imnalensa confirmed.
According to Police official, a group of daily-wage labourers from Oting village were returning home from a coal mine in a pick-up van when they were allegedly shot at by Assam Rifles security forces.
Local News agency said that volunteers from the village had gone searching for them as they had not returned for several hours and found their bodies in the van.
Reacting to this incident Union Home Miniter amit shah has confirmed a high-level SIT constituted by the State govt will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families.
In an official statement, Assam Rifles said a specific operation had been planned in the area “based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents”.
“The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted. 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,” the statement added.
After death caused by firing of civilans by security forces (Assam Rifles) In anger, the locals reportedly set two vehicles belonging to the security forces on fire.
Local police confirmed the situation is now under control and police is conducting spot verification, the official added.