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army: Botched Nagaland Op: Army to provide all assistance to civilian probe, own team visits site | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Army will provide all assistance, including access to personnel and records, to the special investigation team (SIT) set up by the Nagaland government to probe the botched operation by 21 Para-Special Forces in the state on December 4, which eventually led to the death of 14 civilians and a soldier.
The Army’s own court of inquiry (CoI) team, headed by a Major General, on Wednesday also inspected the site near the Oting village in Mon district “to understand the circumstances in which the incident could have happened”, a senior officer said.
“The CoI team also took along witnesses for better understanding of the situation and the sequence of events that took place. Subsequently, the team was also present at Tizit police station for one-and-a-half hours to meet a cross-section of the society to obtain valuable information pertaining to the incident,” he added.
The Army said the CoI was progressing expeditiously, with all efforts being made to conclude it at the earliest. The CoI is also examining the so-called “credible intelligence” on the basis of which around 30 soldiers led by a Major of the elite 21 Para-SF were deployed for the operation.
Six unarmed coal miners were killed and two injured in the initial ambush, with the other deaths taking place in the subsequent clash with enraged villagers. “There was no intent to kill the civilians. It was a case of mistaken identity. The Army has fully accepted its mistake,” said an officer.
As earlier reported by TOI, the botched operation was in all probability the result of faulty intelligence that was not properly corroborated in the rush to lay the ambush as well as the opening of fire on the civilian pick-up truck without verifying who the passengers actually were.
There was also “intense pressure” on the security forces in the north-east to deliver results after Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife, son and four soldiers were killed in a well-planned ambush — the deadliest in the last six years — by insurgents in Manipur on November 13.
The botched operation has led to renewal of the long-standing demand for removal of the iron-fisted Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives military personnel special rights and immunity to operate in “disturbed areas” like J&K and the north-east.

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