Reacting to the cold-blooded murder of 13 civilians by security forces, who allegedly mistook them to be militants, has triggered a wave of protests in the state. The Konyak Union announced that following the deaths, they were withdrawing from the Hornbill Festival, 2021.

In a letter to the Nodal Officer, Hornbill Festival, the Konyak Union said, “…the Konyak Community hereby abstain from any further participation at the ongoing Hornbill Festival’ 2021 citing atrocities perpetrated by the security forces at Oting Village Mon District on Dated: 4th of December 2021.”

In a horrific incident, security forces killed several villagers after allegedly mistaking them for insurgents on the Tiru-Oting road near Oting village in the Mon district of Nagaland. A security force jawan also died in the incident.

Sources told EastMojo that 13 bodies were recovered till the filing of this report, and a search operation is still on. About 7-8 injured persons have been admitted for medical care. More details are awaited.

The state security forces planned an ambush on the villagers, mistaking them to be militants acting on a tip-off. The massacre of villagers made outraged locals, following which an angry mob surrounded the security forces.

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