Nagaland security op death toll rises to 15, curfew charged in Mon

The first firing took place when army staff mistook some coal mine workers to be insurgents belonging to the Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K).

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NEW-DELHI: The firing incident that followed a security operation in Nagaland on Saturday evening, the death toll rose up to 15. There were 14 civilians and one soldier was killed in the incident.

Security forces openly fired on civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district in two following incidents of firing on Saturday evening.

The first firing took place when army staff mistook some coal mine workers to be insurgents belonging to the Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K).

Six workers were killed then.

Here are the top 10 developments:

1) A curfew has been imposed in Mon town where the incident occurred.

2) An official order was earlier issued by the state home department and signed by Chief Secretary J Alam. It said that there were firing incidents on December 4 in an area between Tiru and Oting villages, involving security forces in which many civilians were killed and several others injured.

3) Section 144 has been clamped in Mon district and mobile internet; bulk messaging services have also been suspended due to the incident. The Army issued a statement calling the loss of lives “unfortunate”. It said the incident is being probed at the highest level and action would be taken as per law.

4) Following the firing incident in Nagaland’s Mon district, several students’ unions and political parties, among others, demanded the immediate repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Northeastern region.

5) Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is slated to visit the affected area on Monday. He will participate in the funeral ceremony that is likely to go on till 12:30 pm. Rio said the incident was “highly condemnable” and a “high-level” special investigation team would probe the case to ensure “justice is delivered”.

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