Condition of Anonymity in Nagaland after a botched encounter by the Indian Army.



At least 15 civilians and one soldier were killed in a botched ambush in Nagaland's Mom district.


On Saturday evening, a special unit of the army mistakenly opened fire at a pick-van carrying coal miners from the Tiru area to their Oting village.


Following the incident, protests erupted across Nagaland on Sunday with a mob of about 500 men attacking and vandalizing a camp of the paramilitary Assam Rifles in the district headquarters Mon.


The Indian Army has set up a court of inquiry into the killings of 15 civilians. the inquiry will be headed by a major general.


The gunning down of the civilians renewed the demand for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from the state.


The act, which grants Special Power to the forces to maintain public order in "disturbed areas", has been a contentious issue in the northeastern state, with civil society members saying that it gives security personnel impunity to carry out excesses and forces saying that it helps them maintain order in restive areas.


Union minister Amit Shah tweeted An Unfortunate incident in Nagaland's Oting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. A high-level SIT constituted by the state government will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families."



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