NEW-DELHI: A 23-year-old Sheiwang says, “Direct marise…they shot right at us,” he was one of the two survivors of the Army ambush on a group of eight miners in Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district Saturday evening. He has bullet injuries on his elbow and chest and is battling for his life in the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh. He was shot at in an operation by the Indian Army.
30-year-old Yeihwang, who was also in the group of eight, is admitted just a few beds away from Sheiwang – he is barely speaking. The bullet was shot near his ear.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while in Rajya Sabha on Monday, said in a statement the vehicle “was signaled to stop” and was fired after “it tried to flee.” However, Sheiwang already said: “We were not signaled to stop. They killed us directly. We were not trying to flee…we were just in the vehicle.”
Just after the killing, violence broke out in Mon in which eight more civilians were killed in firing by security forces. The 13 civilians were buried yesterday amid a wave of anger and grief that has swept Nagaland.
Sheiwang says that they were returning home after finishing work at the coal mine last Saturday.
“Suddenly, on the way, we were fired upon. I do not remember how long it lasted, but it was for a while. It sounded like bombs were exploding. It was not even dark, they still shot us,” he says.
As soon as the firing started, he recalls, the entire group ducked. “We all fell to the floor of the vehicle,” he says.
“After that (the firing) I was taken into another vehicle,” he says, adding that he “was aware of the others’ deaths, including his brother’s”.