New Delhi: When the bodies of 14 people slain in an inquiry by security personnel in Nagaland's Mon district were delivered to Oting village, everyone gathered in the square. One of the bodies was that of Hokup, a 38-year-old man who got married in Oting village last Monday. Hokup was buried at the same location where he got married after he died. According to T. Nahwang, a local resident, the entire community attended Hokup's wedding. After a week, no one expected him to have to be buried here.
The villagers must state that the government is working on compensating us for these fatalities. However, money will not bring us justice. The officials responsible for the people' deaths should be held accountable. They claim that we are not criticising the police, the army, or the hamlet, but that the officers should be punished for their carelessness, and that this would be justice for us.
Langwang and Thapwang, two twin brothers, attended Hokup's wedding. The two brothers have left the community after 25 years of marriage to work at a coal mine 6 kilometres distant. According to a local resident, the mine has been functioning for about 15 years and is Oting village's primary source of revenue. For the last three years, the two twin brothers had worked at the same mine. He was returning to the village with other coworkers for church service on Saturday night after working in the mine all week. His trip turned out to be his last, and he never returned home.