The Nagaland government has decided to transfer the investigation of the firing incident in Mon district on December 4, to a Special Investigation Team.

At least 13 civilians and one security force jawan lost their lives in the firing on Saturday and seven to eight people sustained injuries

An FIR had been registered at the Tizit police station and an investigation had been taken up by the Mon District police. “In order to facilitate free and fair investigation of the case and look at the complexity of the entire case, which may involve an investigation at multiple jurisdictions beyond the Mon district, the case is transferred to State Crime Police Station (SCPS),” a government statement said.

The SIT comprises Limasunep Jamir, IPS, IGP(R), CIO; Roopa M, IPS, DIG (CID); Manoj Kumar, IPS, SP (Crime); Kilang Walling, NPS, SP; Relo Aye, NPS, Deputy Commandant, 15 NAP IR.

The SIT may co-opt any other members in the Police Department in the team as deemed fit, the release added.

Further, the SIT will conduct the investigation under the overall supervision of Sandeep M Tamgadge, IPS ADGP (Law and Order), the investigation of which is targeted to be completed within 1 month from registration of the case.

This development followed Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Union Minister Amit Shah’s statements of a free and fair investigation by a high-level SIT in the incident that took place on Saturday.

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