Opposition condemns Nagaland killings, demands impartial probe
Vehicles of security personnel torched by angry villagers after 13 civilians were killed by security forces in Nagaland's Mon district on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Anuwar Hazarika/IANS

Opposition condemns Nagaland killings, demands impartial probe

New Delhi, December 6, 2021

Opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha on Monday condemned the killing of civilians in Nagaland and demanded an impartial inquiry and compensation for the deceased.

Condemning the incident, Lok Sabha member from Nagaland, Tokheho Yepthomi said that an unfortunate incident had taken place, pointing out that Naga political negotiation has been going on for 25 years and people are also anxiously waiting for a solution. He said AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) has not given powers to the armed forces to kill people indiscriminately.

He demanded that an inquiry should be held and stern action should be taken against the guilty and adequate compensation be given to the families of the victims.

Condemning the incident, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that the government must repeal the AFSPA and said no country in the world has a barbaric law like it.

Terming December 4 as a "black day", Congress member Gaurav Gogoi questioned the failure of security agencies to differentiate unarmed civilians from hardcore militants. He appealed for peace and demanded a probe and a detailed statement by the Home Minister and the Defence Minister.

DMK member T. R. Baalu said it is condemnable that security forces have killed their own people. Baalu also demanded a proper inquiry and compensation for the victims.

Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress condemned the incidents and sought a detailed statement from the Home Minister.

Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut said that the incident is a matter of concern and asked how wrong information reached the security forces.

NCP member Supriya Sule demanded compensation of Rs 50 lakh to Rs one crore including for the soldier who was also killed in the incidents.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla assured the members that the Home Minister will make a statement after lunch hour.

IANS

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