Imphal:  A candlelight vigil was held across the Naga inhabited areas in Manipur on Sunday night to mourn the loss of 14 innocent civilian lives in firing by the Indian Army over weekend incidents of violence in Nagaland‘s Mon district.

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As a mark of protest and to honour the victims of the incident in Nagaland, over 100 people gathered with candles and placards at a candlelight vigil organised by Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) in Ukhrul district headquarters.

Placards with slogans like ‘We condemn the indiscriminate killings of 15 innocent civilians’, ‘Leave Nagas alone!’, ‘Stop terrorising the Nagas’, ‘We condemn Assam Rifles’s terrorism’ were displayed at the candlelight vigil.

Similar candlelight vigils were held at various places by citizens of Senapati district and offered prayers in solidarity with the cold-blooded killing of innocent civilians at Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district.

A one minute silent prayer was also offered in honour of the departed souls followed by slogans such as ‘We want justice, We want peace, Long live, Nagalim’.

The candlelight vigils were organised by Senapati District Students’ Association (SDSA).

Observance of candlelight vigil was also held at Japhou Bazar in Chandel district, organised by Chandel Naga apex CSOs, wherein the Joint Tribes Council (JTC) which comprised of Inpui, Liangmai, Rongmei and Zeme tribes organised a candlelight vigil in Tamenglong district in against the brutal killing of the 13 unarmed civilians by the security forces in Nagaland.

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