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Nagaland civilian deaths: Mobile internet, SMS shut down in Mon

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New Delhi, Dec 05: At least fourteen villagers were killed today in a case of "mistaken identity" during a counter-insurgency operation in Nagaland's Mon district.

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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has appealed for peace and promised a high-level probe into the incident.

"The unfortunate incident leading to killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable.Condolences to the bereaved families & speedy recovery of those injured. High level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land.Appeal for peace from all sections," tweeted Chief Minister Rio.

What happened?

The incident took place between Oting and Tiru villages when some daily-wage labourers were returning home in a pick-up van from a coal mine on Saturday evening.

The vehicle was allegedly fired upon by Army personnel, who were conducting an operation in the area after receiving inputs on the movement of militants of Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K), he said. An angry mob soon surrounded army vehicles at the spot and in the ensuing melee a soldier died and at least three vehicles were torched.

Army orders Court of Inquiry

The Army ordered a Court of Inquiry into the killing of several civilians during an anti-insurgency operation in Mon district of Nagaland, and expressed deep regret over the incident.

In a statement, the Army said the cause of the "unfortunate" loss of lives is being investigated by the Court of Inquiry at the "highest level" and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of the law.

"The incident and its aftermath are deeply regretted. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated by a Court of Inquiry at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law," the Army said in a statement. It said the security forces have suffered severe injuries in the operation and one soldier succumbed to injuries.

Defence Minister, Army chief briefed

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief Gen M M Naravane have been briefed about the incident.

Mobile internet, SMS shut down in Mon

"Mobile internet/data services/ bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area of Mon district prohibited with immediate effect until further notice," Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha said in an order (dated Dec 4).

Nagaland unrest: Angry protesters torch vehicles, vandalise properties

Tension prevailed in Nagaland after angry protesters allegedly vandalised an Assam Rifles camp and the office of the Konyak Union in Nagaland's Mon district after 14 civilians were gunned down by security forces on Sunday.

The mob went on a rampage, demanding immediate action against the security personnel involved in the killing of the 14 people.

Home minister condemns killings

Mon shares a porous international border with Myanmar, where the Yung Aung faction of NSCN (K) is based.

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