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Rights body demands detailed report from Centre & Nagaland Govt on civilian killings

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission of India has sought a detailed report on the killing of 14 civilians in eastern Nagaland’s Mon district.

NHRC, India, has taken suo-motu cognizance of media reports. The Commission has issued notices to the Union Defence Secretary, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary & Director General of Police, Nagaland calling for a detailed report in the matter within 6 weeks.

The report is expected to include the status of the inquiry being conducted by the SIT, relief granted to the next of kin of the deceased, status of medical treatment being provided to the injured & cases registered against the persons/officers responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, the Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) has called for immediate arrest of the accused personnel of the Special Forces (21st Para commandos) named in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the Nagaland Police for the deaths of innocent civilians of Oting village who were gunned down while returning after working at a coal mine at Tiru on 4 December 2021.

The civilians were travelling in a pick up truck and eight of them died when they were fired upon by the security forces. When the villagers protested against the killing of the civilians before the nearby Assam Rifles camp, at least five more villagers were killed and scores of others injured. One more person was killed in protests against the incident.

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