Tinsukia: In yet another case of “mistaken identity” by the Indian Army, two civilians sustained bullet injuries during an operation launched between Hollam and Khowathong under Chasa village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on Friday night at around 7.45 pm.
The injured civilians, identified as Nokphua Wangpan and Ramwang Wangsu, have been airlifted by the Army to the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh and are said to be out of danger.
The development came almost three months after 13 civilians were killed in a botched up army operation in Oting village of Mon district in Nagaland.
A purported video of a man in uniform identifying himself as a Major of the 12 Para Security Forces of the Indian Army has emerged.
“As an officer, I take full responsibility as the incident has happened under my command,” the officer can be heard in the video recorded by locals.
To ease the tension, the officer admitted their mistake. “I, as an officer, take full responsibility for his treatment and compensation to the family. The police are coming, if you want to lodge an FIR, I am ready to even sign it as an officer. My boys won’t go from here until the issue is resolved,” he says in the video.
According to sources, the incident happened when the civilians were returning from a nearby river after fishing around late evening. “Army opened fire in which they got injured,” a source said, adding, “There was credible information about the movement of armed rebels and an ambush was laid.”
Questions sent to the PRO of Spear Corps of army Lt. Colonel Sumit Kumar Sharma over WhatsApp went unanswered.
Attempts to speak to the Superintendent of Tirap police remained futile.
This is not the first such incident reported from the Tirap district in recent times. On March 21, two suspected insurgents of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) were killed, while one was injured in an anti-militancy operation by security forces near Old Kolagaon village, around 25-30 km from Khonsa, the headquarters of the Tirap district. However, a day later, the NSCN issued a corrigendum, saying that of the two, one was an office-bearer of the NSCN while the other was a civilian.
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