The Nagaland Police has chargesheeted at least 30 members of 21 Para Special Forces, including a Major, in an Army operation in Oting-Tiru area of Mon district on December 4, 2021, when at least 13 civilians were killed. The charge sheet has been charged with murder and culpable homicide not amounting to homicide under a team of soldiers. Pre-chargesheet investigation found that the Special Forces Operations team had not followed standard operating procedure and rules of engagement and had resorted to indiscriminate and disproportionate firing, leading to the immediate death of six civilians and two more seriously. were injured.
Addressing a press conference at Chumoukedima Police Complex on Saturday, Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP), T John Longkumar said that the case of Tizit police station is related to Oting incident, where terrorists attacked civilians in an ambush. had died. Misidentified on December 4, 2021. The case was re-registered under Sections 302, 304 and 34 IPC against unknown persons of the Indian Army by the State Crime Police Station on December 5 and the investigation was handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The matter involved “a professional and thorough investigation by the SIT”, he said, adding that relevant important documents from various authorities and sources, various evidences including scientific opinion and technical from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Guwahati, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. Evidence from the National Institute of Electronics and Information technology collected during the investigation. The DGP said that the investigation has been completed and the charge sheet was submitted to the District and Sessions Court, Som on May 30, 2022, through the Assistant Public Prosecutor.
He said that thirty members of the 21 Para Special Forces operation team, including one Major, two Subedars, eight Havildars, four Naiks, six Lance Naiks and nine Paratroopers, have been booked under various sections of the IPC. Accordingly, the DGP said that the CID report seeking sanction of prosecution was sent to the Department of Military Affairs in the first week of April this year and a reminder was sent in May.
He said sanction of prosecution is still awaited. Meanwhile, charge sheet has been filed against 30 accused till the sanction for prosecution, he said.
The investigation revealed that a 31 personnel alpha team of 21 Para Special Forces led by a Major, based on intelligence inputs on the presence of a group of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Oting Tiru region on December 3, 2021 An operation was started. ) (Yung Aung) (cadres of NSCN-K (YA) and United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) are in the area, he said. On December 4, 2021 at around 4:20 pm, the operations team of 21 Para Special Force laid An ambush at Longkhao between Upper Tiru and Oting village opened fire on a white Bolero pickup vehicle carrying eight citizens of Oting village, most of whom were working as laborers in coal mines in Tiru, without Ensured positive identification or did not challenge them.
The investigation revealed that the Special Forces Operations team had not followed the standard operating procedure and rules of engagement and resorted to indiscriminate and disproportionate firing, resulting in the death of six persons in the vehicle on the spot and two persons seriously. injured by , The DGP said that the villagers of Oting and Tiru reached the spot at around 8 pm in search of the missing villagers and the Bolero pickup vehicle, when they found the body, they turned violent and a scuffle broke out between the villagers and 21 members. Para Special Forces.
He said one paratrooper was killed and 14 personnel of the 21 Para Special Forces team received injuries as a result of the scuffle. Due to this the Major had to order firing at around 10 pm and the operation team started losing contact. In the second incident, seven villagers were gunned down by special forces.
A separate FIR was registered by Tiru PS on December 11, 2021 under sections 326, 435, 302, 307 and 34 IPC and section 25(1A) of Arms Act against unidentified persons who caused death of a paratrooper and other personnel. was attacked. The DGP said that on the basis of the complaint filed by 21 Para SF, there has been damage to 21 Para Security Force and government property. The incident led to a major law and order situation in Mon town the next day, with angry mobs vandalizing public places and also attacking the Assam Rifles post, killing a civilian in retaliatory firing.
It also gave rise to demands for the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Nagaland with civil societies organizing several protest rallies across the state in December.