Guwahati: As many as 13 villagers and a soldier lost their lives at an Indo-Myanmar border district in Nagaland after a counter-insurgency move went awry on Saturday, according to NDTV’s sources.
Union minister Amit Shah assured that a Special Investigation Team will unravel the incident.
Sources said that the security forces were set for a counter-insurgency operation in the Mon district bordering Myanmar. After a tip-off on a possible insurgency movement, they had laid an ambush close to Oting village on Saturday afternoon.
But they opened fire on a vehicle carrying villagers on the Tiru-Oting road, revealed police sources. Six villagers lost their lives when the forces opened fire, a couple of them died later while being rushed to the hospital.
Soon after the firing, angry local people surrounded the security forces. According to police sources, five villagers were killed and six sustained injuries as the forces opened fire at the mob in “self-defence”. A soldier was killed and three security forces’ vehicles were also set on fire.
“Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District, Nagaland. The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted,” the army said via a statement.
“The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law,” added the statement added.