In the midst of the ongoing conflict in Nagaland between civilians and Assam Rifles, the Nagaland government has decided to transfer the investigation into the shooting incident in Mon district on December 4 to the State Crime Police Station (SCPS), with the Special Investigation Team handling the investigation (SIT).
Why it is formed
The development comes after Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio announced that the case would be investigated by a “high-level” special investigation team to guarantee “justice is delivered.”
Around 13 civilians and one security force jawan were killed in the conflict, while seven to eight individuals were injured.
FIR and Nagaland Government’s order
An FIR was filed at Tizit police station for case No. 27/21 under sections 302, 307, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and the Mon District police began an investigation. “In order to facilitate free and fair investigation of the case and look at the complexity of the entire case, which may involve an investigation at multiple jurisdictions beyond the Mon district, the case is transferred to State Crime Police Station (SCPS),” the Nagaland government’s home department said in the order.
The probe will be led by the SIT, which will be supervised by Sandeep M Tamgadge, ADGP (Law and Order).
The SIT comprises Limasunep Jamir, IPS, IGP(R), CIO; Roopa M, IPS, DIG (CID); Manoj Kumar, IPS, SP (Crime); Kilang Walling, NPS, SP; Relo Aye, NPS, Deputy Commandant, 15 NAP IR.
According to the order, the SIT may co-opt any other personnel of the Police Department onto the team if they are deemed fit.
Furthermore, the SIT will have one month from the date of the case’s registration to conclude the investigation.