Nagaland: Security forces kill 13 labourers mistaking them for insurgents, Centre constitute high-level SIT to probe


At least 13 civilians were killed by security forces in the Mon district of Nagaland. The personnel reportedly mistook the civilians as NSCN militants and ambushed them. 

Eleven other civilians have also been injured in the firing incident. As per reports, the incident took place on Saturday (December 4) evening, when the victims were returning home from a coal mine. 

The incident has sparked anger among villagers who protested against the killings and torched several vehicles belonging to security forces. They claimed that the young civilians who were killed were innocent and were returning from coalfield. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet said that a high-level SIT (Special Investigation Team) has been constituted by the Nagaland government to “thoroughly” probe the incident and ensure justice to the bereaved families. 

Condemning the incident, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio appealed for peace in the state.

Issuing a statement Indian Army’s 3 Corps said it regrets the incident and its aftermath.

“The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law,” the statement read. 

“Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District, Nagaland,” the statement mentioned. 

The Indian Army’s 3 Corps also said that the security forces have suffered severe injuries in the incident including one soldier who succumbed to the injuries.


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