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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday expressed regret in Lok Sabha over the killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland during a security operation and said that it was a case of “mistaken identity”.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties including Congress, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party staged a walkout after Union home minister Amit Shah‘s statement on Nagaland incident in Lok Sabha.
Here’s what the home minister said on Nagaland killings:
– The government of India expresses deep regret over the unfortunate incident in Nagaland and also expresses deep sympathies to the bereaved families.
Army had received information on the movement of extremists near Tiru, Mon. On that basis, one unit of Army’s 21 Para Commando laid an ambush in the suspected area. A vehicle reached there, it was signalled to stop but it tried to flee. On suspicion of carrying extremists, it was fired upon.
– 6 out of the 8 people in the vehicle died. It was later found to be a case of mistaken identity. 2 others who were injured were taken to nearest health centre by Army. After receiving news of this, local villagers surrounded the Army unit, set 2 vehicles on fire and attacked them.
– As a result, one jawan of the security forces died; many other jawans injured. Security forces had to resort to firing for self-defence & to disperse crowd. This caused the death of 7 more civilians, some others injured. Local administration and Police tried to bring the situation to normalcy.
– After the incident, on December 5 evening, an agitated crowd of around 250 people vandalised the company operating base (COB) of Assam Rifles in Mon city and set the COB building on fire. Assam Rifles had to fire bullets to disperse the crowd. This caused death of one more civilian.
– SIT to probe Nagaland incident and has been asked to complete investigation within a month.
-It has been decided that all agencies should ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not take place again in the future while taking up such drives. Government is monitoring the incident minutely and necessary remedial measured are being taken to ensure peace in the area.

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