Nagaland firing: Govt asked to make SIT probe report public

KOHIMA, 11 Jan: Naga civil society organizations on Tuesday demanded that the Nagaland government make public the findings of the special investigation team (SIT) set up by it to probe into the killing of 14 civilians by security forces in Mon district last month.

Following the killing of 14 civilians by army para-commandos in Oting area in a botched up operation and its aftermath, the state government set up the SIT and asked it to submit its report within 30 days that ended on 5 January.

A section of the Nagaland media on Tuesday reported that the SIT has submitted a preliminary report to the government.

Police sources said that inquiry of the personnel of the 21 para-commandos stationed at Jorhat in Assam was done only on 30 December while investigations into some other issues are also in progress.

These are the reasons the final report is yet to be submitted, the sources said.

The Global Naga Forum (GNF), an organization that works for the rights of the Naga people, said the state government is yet to make the preliminary report public.

GNF convenor Chuba Ozukum said the findings of the SIT should be made public for all to understand the reality.

The Naga Students’ Federation, an influential body of Naga students and youths in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, also said the report should be in public domain.

A Dimapur-based organization of the Konyak tribe also raised the same demand.

Thirteen of the 14 people killed by army personnel on 4 and 5 December belonged to the Konyak tribe, one of the major tribes of Nagaland. (PTI)