Nagaland SIT Mon
Coffins of the civilians killed on Saturday evening brought to Konyak Union office at Mon

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Nagaland government over the killing of 15 civilians by security forces at Mon district in Nagaland.

The NHRC while taking suo-motu cognizance of media reports on the killing of civilians when their vehicle was fired upon in an alleged botched-up operation by the Army Para Commandos, lying in wait for Militants in Mon district in Nagaland on Saturday sought a detailed report from the Centre.

The incident triggered several cases of arson, rioting and attack on soldiers and Assam Rifles camp resulting in more injuries and deaths, including that of one soldier.

The Commission has issued notices to the Union Defence Secretary, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Nagaland calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks, NHRC said in a statement.

The report is expected to include the status of the inquiry being conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), relief granted to the Next of Kin, NOK of the deceased, Status of the medical treatment being provided to the injured and the cases registered against the persons/officers responsible for the incident.

Issuing the notices, the Commission has also observed that it is incumbent upon the security forces to ensure proper precaution with a humane approach even if it involved the militants.

“According to the media reports, carried today on 6th December 2021, the State Government has reportedly constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct probe into the matter.

“The Army has also instituted a Court of Inquiry to probe the circumstances that led to the tragic outcome of what was to be an operation targeting the alleged militants,” said NHRC.

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