The gruesome massacre of 13 civilians by the 21 Para Security Force on December 4, 2021 at Oting Tiru area and another civilian’s death at the hands of the Assam Rifles in Mon district, will finally see hope as thirty members of the operations team of the 21 Para SF, including one Major, 2 Subedars, 8 havildars, 4 Naiks, 6 L/Nk and 9 Paratroopers have been charsheeted.
Director General of Police (DGP) Nagaland, T John Longkumer in a press conference Saturday at Kohima, said the Army personnel have been booked under various sections, including IPC Sections 302 (murder), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (disappearance of evidence) among others.
“CID report seeking sanction for prosecution is forwarded to the Department of Military Affairs in the first week of April 2022 and reminder letter sent in May. The sanction for prosecution is still awaited. Meanwhile, the chargesheet has been filed pending sanction for prosecution against the 30 accused,” the DGP said.
A vehicle carrying eight coal miners in Nagaland on December 4, 2021 was brutally ambushed by “the 21 Para Special Forces which immediate lead to the killing of six occupants of the vehicle on the spot, and grievously injuring two persons,” DGP T John Longkumer said.
The top cop said the investigation in the Oting case is complete and accordinlgy, chargesheet was submitted to the district and sessions court in Mon on May 30 through the Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) in Mon. The SIT also requested the appropriate authority for taking necessary action.
It may be mentioned that Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family of each victim of Mon district incident by the State Government of Nagaland. Rio also had informed that the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah assured an ex-gratia of Rs 11 lakh and a government job to one member of each victim’s family.