Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 6 in Lok Sabha said that government regrets the innocent lives lost of 14 civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district and offered condolences to the family of the deceased.
Home Minster Shah said that Army had received information on the movement of extremists in Oting village of Mon district. With this information 21 commandos of the Indian Army laid an ambush in the suspected area, while doing so, a vehicle reached there. Army tried to stop them by signalling but it tried to flee and on suspicion of the vehicle carrying extremists, the army opened fire on the vehicle.
After firing it was found that 6 out of the 8 people in the vehicle died in a case of mistaken identity, while two were injured and were taken to the nearest health centre by Army. This news spread like wildfire and local villagers started to surround the army unit and set vehicles on fire.
Shah said that after villagers attacked the army, one of the security forces died while many got injured. And in order to save themselves from the rage of villagers, the army unit opened fire on villagers, which caused the death of 6 more civilians and many got injured.
However, the current situation is under control and the matter has been sent to the Army court. Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio condemned the killings of innocent lives and announced ex-gratia of 5 lakhs to each family of the deceased. On December 6, the Central government also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 11 lakh to the families of the civilians who died in the army operation.
On December 6, CM Rio attended the funeral services of all deceased and appealed to the Centre to remove AFSPA from Nagaland.