Highlights

  • BJP leader condemns killing of 13 civilians in Nagaland
  • Army claims civilians were killed during anti-militancy operation
  • Nagaland BJP chief: tantamount to war crimes, genocide

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Calling it a massacre in a statement, Along said that there can never be any justification for such targeting of innocent civilians. 

Nagaland minister and state president of the BJP unit in Nagaland Temjen Imna Along has said that he was devastated by the killing of 13 civilians on Saturday evening by the Assam Rifles in Mon district.

Calling it a massacre in a statement, Along said that there can never be any justification for such targeting of innocent civilians.

“There can never be any justification for such kind of massacre targeting innocent civilians. The innocent victims were labourers returning from a hard day’s work and were not armed with any firearms whatsoever. It is, therefore, tantamount to war crimes during peace time and amounts to summary execution as well as genocide,” Along said.

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"Assam Rifles personnel responsible for this heinous crime have to be brought to justice and made to answer truthfully as to how innocent, unarmed persons were gunned down," he added.

In the statement, Along said that the incident was a discouragement for the Naga people.

“This incident is a very big discouragement to the Nagas as a whole, especially at a time when one of our very own Konyak Naga sons from the Tizit area itself was martyred in an ambush in Manipur, not even a month back. Why do you kill our sons when our sons are also the ones making supreme sacrifices for the country?” he asked.

Security forces claims 6 daily wage workers were killed in a case of mistaken identity during an anti-militancy operation and 7 others were killed in self-defence during violence that broke out after the killing of the daily wagers.

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