Violence has erupted in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland after 14 civilians were killed in a mistaken operation by the defense forces. Locals clashed again with law enforcement in the area on Sunday after casualties in the so-called “Saturday night” operation. Another was shot dead by security forces, officials said.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Another civilian was killed when security forces opened fire to control the resurgence of violence.
Earlier on Saturday night, 14 civilians were killed and several others injured in a mistaken operation by security forces in Nagaland. A member of the law enforcement was also killed at that time. The incident took place when a group of workers in Nagaland were shot dead for thinking they were ‘separatists’.
An Indian Defense Ministry official in New Delhi said, “More than a dozen civilians and several members of the security forces have been injured in this incident and subsequent violence.”
Home Minister Amit Shah said he was “saddened” by the news of the killing of members of a local tribal group. He said the incident was due to intelligence failure.
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The northeastern part of India is inhabited by various tribes of the country; Many of them have complained against New Delhi for looting property and doing nothing to improve their living standards. Many of the tribal groups have long revolted against New Delhi’s rule.
The people of Nagaland have complained that law enforcement agencies have repeatedly targeted innocent locals during operations against rebel groups. Civilians in Nagaland’s Mann district staged anti-government protests on Sunday; Where 14 tribes have been killed.
An official from the Mann district law enforcement camp declined to be named, saying locals had taken up positions outside the camp. They are throwing bricks and stones at the camp. He said law enforcement camps were surrounded by protesters.
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Noklam Kanyak, president of the Kanyak Students Union, a Nagaland student organization, told Reuters by telephone that one civilian had been killed and two others wounded in a recent Assam Rifles shooting in the town of Mann. The Kanyaks are one of the dominant tribes of Mann district.
Indian military and government officials were not immediately available for comment on the latest killings, Reuters reported.
What happened in Nagaland?
A senior Nagaland police official said members of the Indian paramilitary Assam Rifles suffered casualties during an anti-insurgency operation on Saturday night in and around the village of Oting, near the border with Myanmar.
The shootings began as a truck carrying 30 or more coal miners crossed the Assam Rifles camp. Asked not to be named, the police official said the soldiers had intelligence on the movement of some insurgents in the area and had mistakenly seen the truck as a “rebel”. Six workers were killed when a truck opened fire on them.
Hundreds of tribal people surrounded the camp after word of the shooting spread in the village, he said. They set fire to the vehicles of the Assam Rifles and clashed with the troops with indigenous weapons.
The police official said members of the Assam Rifles fired back to control the situation. The second attack killed eight civilians and one member of the security forces.
The Naga Mothers Association (NMA), an influential human rights organization in Nagaland, has called on all Naga tribes to mourn the loss of civilians. At the same time, the organization has demanded the withdrawal of Indian Army cantonments from civilian areas.
“Let the world know our grief and sorrow,” said Abeu Meru, president of the NMA. Raise your voice against the continued militarization and killings under the Armed Forces Powers Act. “
There have been repeated allegations of targeting innocent locals during operations against rebel groups.
The law empowers the Indian Armed Forces to conduct searches, arrests and shootings if deemed necessary to maintain law and order in some parts of the country declared a “troubled area”.
The central government declared parts of Nagaland a “troubled region” last year. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday. Earlier, patrols were intensified in the area along with police, other law enforcement agencies and local government officials.
In the last few years, India has tried to persuade Myanmar to oust the rebels from dense jungle bases bordering Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
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