Amit Shah Says Centre Regrets 14 Nagaland Civilians’ Deaths In Army Op

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Nagaland Killings: 3 civilians and a soldier were killed in Nagaland’s Mon district.

New Delhi:
Union Home Minister Amit Shah today told the Lok Sabha the centre regretted the deaths of 14 civilians in Nagaland after a botched Army op. Mr Shah is due to make another statement on the Nagaland issue in the Rajya Sabha at 4 pm.

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  1. “Government of India expresses regrets over the incident and expresses condolences to those killed… a SIT has been formed and has been directed to complete investigation within a month. The situation in Nagaland is tense but under control. All agencies have to ensure such incidents do not happen in future,” Amit Shah said.

  2. Furious opposition MPs shouted protests and objections as Mr Shah sat down after his statement, reiterating demands for a detailed discussion on this subject. The Congress had also demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi be present for this, but PM Modi stayed away from this session.

  3. This morning the Prime Minister met with senior members of his cabinet, including Mr Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, to discuss the situation and the centre’s response. The centre has been attacked over the civilians’ deaths amid strong demands, including by the Nagaland and Meghalaya chief ministers that AFSPA be repealed.

  4. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio slammed the centre for extending AFSPA. “Every year the centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland, saying it is a ‘disturbed area’… but all armed groups are in ceasefire and part of peace talks. So why extend it?” he asked.

  5. “AFSPA gives immunity to them (the armed forces) … this law is being debated even in international forums. We are the biggest democracy (and a) lot of people are demanding AFSPA to be removed,” he said.

  6. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, has been in force in Nagaland and parts of the northeast for several decades. Under the contentious law security forces to conduct operations anywhere in the state and arrest anyone without any prior warrant.

  7. Earlier today in the Lok Sabha, the Congress’ Manish Tewari expressed his anguish and called for an inquiry by a sitting High Court judge. Tokheho Yepthomi, a MP from Naga political outfit NDPP, called on the centre to add to the Rs 5 lakh compensation from the state and said: “… has not given powers to security forces to indiscriminately kill people,” he said.

  8. In the Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also Leader of the Opposition, led protests. The House was adjourned briefly as Chairman Venkaiah Naidu called for calm. “This is a very serious issue, very unfortunate. It is also sensitive. Let us keep the sensitivity in mind,” he said.

  9. 14 villagers and a soldier died in Nagaland’s Mon district over the weekend after an Army op went horribly wrong. A police FIR has said the Army’s 21 Para Special Forces “blankly opened fire”. The Army yesterday expressed deep regret for the “unfortunate loss of lives” and said the matter would be investigated at the “highest level”.

  10. The Mon area is the stronghold of Naga group NSCN(K) and even ULFA, and the incident comes during the state’s signature “Hornbill festival”, which has been cancelled.

With input from PTI



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