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Home Minister Amit Shah made a controversial remark over Nagaland killings in the Lok Sabha on Monday. “The vehicle was signalled to stop but it tried to flee,” Shah told the Lok Sabha in his statement on the alleged incident.

“The government of India expresses deep regret over the unfortunate incident in Nagaland and also expresses deep sympathies to the bereaved families. Army had received information on the movement of extremists near Tiru, Mon,” said Shah.

“On that basis, one unit of Army’s 21 Para Commando laid an ambush in the suspected area. A vehicle reached there, it was signalled to stop but it tried to flee. On suspicion of carrying extremists, it was fired upon. 6 out of the 8 people in the vehicle died. It was later found to be a case of mistaken identity. 2 others who were injured were taken to nearest health centre by Army. After receiving news of this, local villagers surrounded the Army unit, set 2 vehicles on fire and attacked them,” Shah said while explaining the series of events.

As a result, one jawan of the security forces died; many other jawans were injured. Security forces had to resort to firing for self-defence & to disperse the crowd. This caused the death of 7 more civilians, some others injured. Local administration and Police tried to bring the situation to normalcy, said the Union minister.

“After the incident, on December 5 evening, an agitated crowd of around 250 people vandalised the company operating base (COB) of Assam Rifles in Mon city and set the COB building on fire. Assam Rifles had to fire bullets to disperse the crowd. This caused death of one more civilian. SIT to probe Nagaland incident and has been asked to complete investigation within a month,” he added.

This also comes as a surprise since earlier in the day Nagaland CM batted for the removal of AFSPA. Meanwhile, locals from the district claimed that Indian Army personnel first tried to hide the bodies of the coal miners. A video regarding the claim is also being circulated on social media.

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