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A mass funeral service was organised in Mon district of Nagaland for the 14 civilians killed by security forces on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners thronged the service to lay wreaths on coffins of the deceased villagers of Oting.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also attended the funeral where he demanded the removal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Nagaland. “India is the largest democracy and this is a draconian law so, it should be removed from our country. There are many laws that can be handled but this law (AFSPA) has blackened the image of our country,” said Rio.

The Nagaland CM further informed that he has spoken with the Home Ministry who have taken the matter up seriously. “They have provided an ex-gratia amount of Rs 11 lakh and Rs 1 lakh to those who were injured. The state government has also provided Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand to those who were injured,” added the Nagaland CM.

Meanwhile, tribal bodies, civil societies, and student bodies imposed shutdowns of different durations across Nagaland.

Security forces ‘mistakenly’ killed, 13 civilians at Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district on Saturday. 1 more civilian was killed on Sunday after security forces opened fire at the angry mob allegedly vandalising Assam Rifles camp.

Also read: Nagaland firing: Police file murder case against security forces

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