Mon, Nagaland: The Konyak Union (KU) on Wednesday restricted all press and media from ground coverage at Oting village, fearing that the killing of 14 civilians in Mon is getting politicised. 

Speaking with EastMojo, KU vice president Honang said, “Everyone is rushing to ground zero. And now, it’s getting politicised.” He said the incident is being “twisted”.

“We don’t want it to be politicised. There is a Special Investigation Team (SIT). So we must allow a safe passage. We are restricting it not to hide anything but because they (media) are politicising it and confusing the people,” he added.

Through a statement, the KU said the media should not interfere or cover stories and news coverage at ground zero at Oting Village, so as “to pave way for smooth investigation and also not create unnecessary disturbances towards the bereaved family members”.

It informed that the union will convene a press conference on December 11 at its office at 12:00 pm.

The Union also acknowledged the concern and solidarity of both the central and state governments towards the victims, and those who succumbed to injuries during the tragic events. 

“These commitments should be fulfilled in letter and spirit. No matter in what circumstances the government had compensated, it is to be noted that KU shall strictly monitor and ensure that the relief reaches the victims,” the statement said, adding that they will not rest until justice is delivered and peace restored.

The union said the “trust and expectations of the people were destroyed by the military forces on December 4”, which led to the loss of life of 14 innocent civilians. 
It added that this incident “clearly indicated the security force’s actual motives and their intentions i.e. just to be awarded with promotions and other gallantry medals”.

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