Nagaland: The troops of an elite force fired at the victims without trying to identify them first – states report prepared by the Nagaland police.
Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP) T. John Longlumer (IPS) and Commissioner Rovilatuo Mor in their ground reports have revealed fresh details in their report over the firing incident which claimed the lives of 14 people from Eastern Nagaland’s Mon district.
What does ground reports state?
The ground report said that the troops of an elite force “fired on the coal miners at random, apparently without any attempt for identification.”
Their report said six of the eight coal miners returning home in a pickup truck were “ambushed and killed by the security forces (reportedly, the 21 Para Special Force based in Assam) at random.”
It said the people killed were unarmed civilians working at a coal mine in Tiru Valley.
Reactions by Nagaland villagers
On hearing the gunshots, the villagers went to the spot as the individuals did not return home from work, the report said.
“When the villagers reached the spot, the security personnel were trying to hide the bodies of the six villagers by wrapping and loading them in a pickup truck(Tata Mobile) apparently with the intention of taking the bodies to their base camps,” it said.
The report further said, “On finding the bodies in the truck, under the tarpaulin, violence broke out between the villagers and the security personnel.”
As a result the irate villagers burnt the three vehicles belonging to the security personnel, and in the melee, the troops again opened fire on the villagers which led to the death of 7 more villagers, the report added.
Statements by eyewitnesses
“Eye witnesses have confirmed that the security forces opened fire indiscriminately as they fled from the scene towards the Assam side.”