Friday, April 19, 2024

Amit Shah should answer why Nagaland killings happened: Opposition in Parliament

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said that the opposition parties are expecting Home Minister Amit Shah to give a statement and his detailed view about the army killings of civilians.

“We’ll demand that the Home Minister give his statement before both Houses and give his detailed view on the incident, we’re expecting it. It’s a very sensitive incident. It shouldn’t have happened. He should answer why did it happen,” senior Congress politician said.

ANI reported that Shah to give a statement on the Nagaland firing incident in both the Houses of the Parliament today.

In Rajya Sabha, RJD leader Manoj Jha and TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy gave a suspension notice over the Nagaland killings.

The Congress’ Gaurav Gogoi condemned Army action on the basis of “inaccurate intelligence inputs” and Mr Tagore called the deaths “heart-wrenching”.

13 civilians were killed in open firing by the Indian Army in Nagaland’s Oting village on Saturday. At least six people were killed after security forces fired at a truck carrying coal-mine workers, who were mistaken for “militants”. Seven more civilians were killed after local residents clashed with the security forces later on Saturday evening.

The leaders of the Konyak Union, representing the dominant Konyak community, said the deceased were some labourers who were returning home to Oting village in a pick-up van from a coal mine in Tiru area 15 km away.

“The armed forces ambushed their vehicle and killed six on the spot. Seven locals died later. At least 11 others are battling injuries while two are missing,” a Konyak union member said.

A soldier was also killed in subsequent clashes with villagers.

The Assam Rifles, which undertook the operation, has officially expressed regret and has ordered an inquiry.

A special investigations team comprising of five police officials has been formed under the supervision of Sandeep M Tamgadge, the additional director general of police in Nagaland.

In outrage, villagers surrounded security forces and have burned army vehicles. A protester has been killed in open firing.

A dawn to desk bandh has been called by Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) and the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) across the state today.


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