Nagaland violence: FIR against security forces

Ground Report | New Delhi: FIR against security forces; Taking suo motu cognizance of the killing of several civilians in the action of security forces in Nagaland, an FIR has been registered against the 21st paramilitary force at Tijit police station in Mon district.

The FIR states that “On December 4, the workers working in the coal mines were returning from Tiru to their village Oting in a car. On reaching Longkhao between Tiru and Oting village, the security forces opened fire on the vehicle without any provocation. Killing and injuring many people of Oting village.

There was no police guide during the incident, nor was there a demand from the police station to provide a police guide in this operation of the security forces. It is clear that the intention was for the security forces to kill and injure civilians.”

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The FIR states that there was neither a police guide at the time of the incident nor the security force had demanded from the police station to provide a police guide for their operation.

“It is therefore clear that the intention of the security force is to kill and injure civilians,” the FIR said. 21 Special Forces are based in Jorhat with one contingent each at IGAR North, Zakhama and IGAR South, Mantripukhri, Imphal.

However, this incident now not only gives the NSCN-IM a handle to push back against India in the talks but also puts pressure on other groups to raise their voices,” said a source in the Nagaland administration. “Given the public anger over this, how will the pro-India Kitovi faction or such factions of the NSCN-K, which have come to the negotiating table, remain silent? No one will risk being irrelevant.”

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In a strong statement, the NNPG, which includes seven Nagaland-based insurgent groups that have supported the peace dialogue process so far, raised several of its earlier demands, such as repeal of the separate flag, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1956. Blamed the continued implementation of for such incidents. “The stringent laws in Nagaland and military atrocities over several decades have made the Naga people very aware that they are not Indians and never will be,” the working committee of the NNPG said. The army’s actions “undermined the commitments made by the Indian Prime Minister and the Home Minister”, it said.

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