A video, allegedly from Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district has been circulating on social media. Locals from the district claim that as a first response, the Indian Army personnel first tried to hide the bodies of the coal miners who were killed on Saturday, allegedly in a case of mistaken identity.
The horrific incident took place while the coal miners were gunned down while they were travelling in a pickup truck in what was supposed to be an ambush for militants. Eight of them died when they were fired upon by the security forces.
The situation turned grim in Mon district on Sunday and locals allegedly vandalised the Assam Rifles camp. Later, visuals of smoke emitting from the Assam Rifles camp, accompanied by the sound of bullets also started doing the rounds.
Five more villagers were killed and several others were injured during the protest. The number of deceased civilians was later confirmed to be 14. By Sunday afternoon, Section 144 was imposed and mobile internet was suspended in Mon.
However, the streets of Kohima and Dimapur lit up with candlelight vigils to condemn the horrific incident. The incident has invited widespread condemnation and anguish from various corners demanding the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) be revoked in the region.
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