Nagaland: At the very outset, the people of Oting village regrets for the delay in sharing our ground reality reports for all to learn and know the actual truth on the incident of 4the December 2021 at Longkhao/Yatong of Oting Village. There maybe many varying reports from different medium about the massacre of 13 innocent civilians, who were all below the age of 40. We appeal all publicity and media houses not to be biased and twist the issue with misinterpretations. This communiqué issue is final and true to the core. Therefore, we appeal everyone to rely and base on this statement issued from Oting village.
For the people of Oting, the same old Head Hunting days may soon make a comeback after the incident of 4th December 2021, though the target and enemy may vary this time. We may be small and tiny in area and population, yet we are ready to compromise with situations to lose our heads and take enemy’s heads. For we are warriors by blood and origin, and no forces can intimidate us. You have just witnessed how we stood against your most sophisticated automatic weapons and arms. We missed by an inch in obtaining one of your heads. We weren’t prepared this time, for we thought you were the ‘Friends of the Hill people,’ but we shall not repeat the same error henceforth. We fall today, but we will rise again within no time.
All dramatic heroic reports of the fleeing cowards submitted in the parliament, are totally false and fabricated. The statement made by prominent leaders in the house is unwarranted and uncalled for. Therefore, the Oting Village appeal all leaders not to mislead and misconstrue the factual incident without accumulating the facts from the ground reality. The people of Oting strongly question the accountability of the leaders on the statement issued in the parliament.
It so happened that, on the fateful evening of 4th December 2021, around 3.30 PM, one pick-up truck loaded with 8 coal minders/Daily Wagers were returning from mining site as it was Saturday and the next day to come was Sunday, which we the Christians consider it as a day of rest, on which we have to attend church services and other society programs. Around 4:30PM, the security forces ambushed that very pick-up truck without ascertaining anything about the loaded passengers, to which we thought they had a shootout with the insurgents. Then they blocked the road for all vehicular and all other movement in that direction from all sides, and diverted all vehicices to take the less frequented old Pioneer road.
We the people of Oting issue this communiquè in the highest form of condemnation on the barbaric cowardice act of the Indian Armed Forces and their atrocities towards the innocent civilians and youngsters on 4th December 2021 at Longkhao/Yatong,Oting village. And we also dare the Indian Arm Forces to come out clean so as to deliver timely justice to the victims’ families. Hence, the people of Oting also bars all groups and parties of various factions and the Indian Armed Forces indefinitely from entering Oting jurisdiction(which includes Lower Tiru). Violating this directive, the people of Oting should not be held responsible in any manner to whatsoever happen in the near future.
Meanwhile, the villagers were anxiously waiting for the pick-up truck to reach the village, for they learnt that there was an incident of shootout in the location where the pick-up truck went. The villagers informed the District administration about the shootout that occurred. All this while, it was around 7:00 PM, the villagers never assumed that their children had been massacred by the unprofessional, half trained, psychopaths, cowards of Indian security forces. Then at around 8:00 PM, the villagers could not wait any longer, so they went searching for the pick-up truck boys. Whereby, they found the empty pick-up truck in which the 8 boys were in, with the bullet mark pierced in the windshield exactly at the driver’s position, blood stains covered with dust and mud, and the boys missing from the vehicle. The pierced windshield in the front by bullets clearly indicates that, they first shot the driver of the pick-up truck to halt and ambushed the remaining point blank.
From this, the villagers could understand that something fishy incident had happened, so they chased the fleeing 3 (three) vehicles of Indian Armed Forces and intercepted them by overtaking their vehicles. They first denied any knowledge of the where about of the boys travelling to village on a pick-up truck. it was only then, that the villagers started searching their vehicles, and on the third vehicle did they found the coward security forces seated on top of the tarpaulin that covered the whole floor of the vehicle and under it the 6 half dressed boys were all lying dead. The security forces attempted trying to brand the boys as militants by planting weapons and dressed them with camouflage uniforms and boots.
Oting Citizen’s Office