Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday, launched a scathing attack on the Centre over the killings of civilians at Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district. 

“This is heart wrenching. GoI must give a real reply,” said Rahul Gandhi while reacting to the killings at Mon district of Nagaland. 

He further questioned: “What exactly is the home ministry doing when neither civilians nor security personnel are safe in our own land?” 

At least 15 people lost their lives in a firing incident at Mon district in Nagaland on Saturday evening.  

The incident took place somewhere at Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland.     

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The incident allegedly took place when a group of labourers onboard a pick-up vehicle was on its way from Tiru village. 

Notably, many are accusing security forces deployed in the area of opening fire upon the civilians. 

The 3 corps of the Indian Army, headquartered at Dimapur in Nagaland, has issued a statement saying that it ‘regrets’ the “unfortunate loss of lives” at Oting village in the state’s Mon district on Saturday evening.   

Meanwhile, union home minister Amit Shah has expressed anguish at the loss of lives. 

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“Anguished over 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 govt will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families,” said Amit Shah. 

Notably, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has announced a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the killing of innocent civilians at Oting village in Mon district of the state.    

While appealing for peace, the Nagaland chief minister said that a high-level SIT will investigate the killings and deliver justice.    

“High level SIT will investigate and justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections,” Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio said. 

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