In the remote northeastern part of India, soldiers fired at villagers, believing that they were “militants,” triggering protests.
In the Indian state of Nagaland, after more than a dozen villagers were shot dead by soldiers who believed that the villagers were “militants,” protesters burned military vehicles.
According to local media reports, late Saturday, Indian security forces opened fire on civilians in the remote northeastern part of India, which borders Myanmar.
“The situation in the entire Mon district is very tense. We have 13 confirmed deaths, including a worker from outside Nagaland,” said Nagaland police officer Sandeep M Tamgadge.
Nagaland Chief Minister Nefiu Rio told Reuters that an investigation will be conducted and the guilty party in the incident will be punished, and he blamed it on the failure of intelligence.
“The unfortunate incident that led to the death of civilians in Orting should be highly condemned,” he wrote on Twitter.
A senior police officer stationed in Nagaland states that the incident occurred in Otin Village and surrounding areas in Meng County, when members of the Assam Rifle Regiment were part of the Indian security forces deployed in the state and they carried out counter-insurgency operations. .
An official who asked not to be named told Reuters and the Associated Press that when a truck carrying 30 or more coal miners passed the Assam rifle camp, the fire started.
The senior police officer told Reuters: “The soldiers obtained intelligence about some radical movements in the area. They mistakenly believed that the miners were insurgents after seeing the trucks and shot and killed 6 workers.”
“After news of the fire broke out in the village, hundreds of tribesmen surrounded the camp. They burned the vehicles of the Assam rifle team and clashed with the soldiers using simple weapons,” he said.
The official said that members of the Assam rifle team retaliated, and in the second attack, 8 civilians and 1 security personnel were killed.
Suffering from the unfortunate incident that occurred in Otin, Nagaland on Monday. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The high-level SIT formed by the state government will thoroughly investigate the incident to ensure justice for the family of the deceased.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 5, 2021
Government forces are fighting dozens of ethnic minorities Armed group In the remote northeastern part of India, the requirements range from independent homes to maximum autonomy in India.
Locals in Nagaland often accuse the army of wrongly targeting innocent residents in counter-insurgency operations against insurgent organizations.