Twenty seven-year-old Phonei Konyak, a resident of Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland, lost his father Sibang Konyak in 1993. His mother died of kidney failure in 1999. Sibang Konyak was a soldier of the Naga Regiment. But Phonei couldn’t have imagined that one day he will have to dodge bullets of the Army that his father was once a part of.
The sole breadwinner for his family, Phonei works as a daily wager. On the fateful day of December 4, the Mon killings survivor was at Tiru but rushed towards the site of the incident as soon he heard the news of gunshots being fired.
“While I was on my way to the village, I came across the vehicle carrying dead bodies. They had stripped off their clothes before taking them. We asked them to stop but they did not. So one of our fellowmen parked his vehicle right in front of theirs, so they couldn’t move forward. But they kept on refusing to share any information,” Phonei told EastMojo.
He also added that the situation turned tense after the villagers found out that the armed forces were trying to hide the bodies and take them someplace else.
In that tragic incident, several villagers were killed by security forces after being mistaken for insurgents on the Tiru-Oting road near Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland. A security force jawan also died in the incident.
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