Nagaland violence: Major General rank officer begins probe

New Delhi: The Indian Army has set up a Court of Inquiry under a Major General-Rank officer to probe the killings of civilians in Nagaland. Army sources have informed that the officer is only posted in the north-eastern sector. Sources said a 3-corps of the Indian Army at Dimapur has launched an internal investigation led by a Major General Rank officer over the Nagaland firing incident.

It may be recalled that at least 14 civilians were killed in the army firing in the Mon district of Nagaland on December 4. Moreover, one army man was also killed and several jawans injured in the violence that followed the incident. Officials said Para Special Force from Assam was brought for the operation based on special intelligence inputs regarding the movement of NSCN (K-YA) cadres.

According to an official, 'The army targeted the wrong people. The army suspected that there was a group of terrorists in the vehicle. So they opened fire on the civilians.' The villagers then gathered and snatched rifles and radio sets from the jawans and attacked the angry soldiers with knives. Eight more civilians lost their lives in these clashes. Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio today attended the funeral of civilians killed in military operations in Oting in Mon district.

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