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Govt regrets killings in Nagaland, says Amit Shah

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today expressed regret over the Nagaland incident in both Houses of Parliament as the entire Opposition, except the TMC, staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha.

Editorial: Nagaland outrage

Making a statement on behalf of the Centre in the Lok Sabha, Shah said a Special Investigation Team probe would conclude in a month. As Opposition members demanded a judicial probe and compensation to kin of the victims, he said security agencies had been directed to prevent recurrence of such incidents during anti-insurgency operations.

Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

Ensuring peace

Necessary measures are being taken to ensure peace and tranquillity.

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Later in the Rajya Sabha, Shah made a similar statement amid uproarious scene.

In the Lok Sabha, Shah said the government was keeping a close watch on the situation and necessary measures were being taken to ensure peace. As a precautionary measure, the state authorities had imposed prohibitory orders in the affected areas, he added. The Home Minister offered deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the case of “mistaken identity” on December 4 and subsequent episodes. Security forces opened fire on civilians killing 14 and injuring 11 more in Nagaland’s Mon district in three consecutive episodes, the first of which was a case of mistaken identity, the police said on Sunday. One soldier also died in rioting after the incident.

Narrating the sequence of events, the Union Home Minister said the Army received information on the movement of insurgents in Nagaland’s Mon and the 21 Para Commando unit laid an ambush. A vehicle was signalled to stop, but the driver did not stop it. Suspecting the presence of insurgents in the vehicle, security men opened fire, he added.

Six of the eight occupants of the vehicle died in the firing, Shah said.

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