Kohima, India, December 05 (KMS): At least 13 civilians have been gunned down by Indian Army in Nagaland’s Mon district, police said on Sunday.
A police officer said, the exact number of fatalities, however, is yet to be ascertained as 13 people died on the spot and several others succumbed to their injuries in hospitals in neighbouring Assam,.
The incident took place between Oting and Tiru villages when some daily-wage labourers were returning home in a pick-up van from a coal mine on Saturday evening, the police officer said.
The vehicle was fired upon by Army personnel, who were conducting an operation in the area after receiving inputs on the movement of militants of Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K), he said.
An investigation is underway to ascertain whether the incident was a case of mistaken identity, the officer said.
Mon shares a porous international border with Myanmar, where the Yung Aung faction of NSCN (K) is based.
The Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, promised a high-level probe into the incident and appealed to all sections of the society to maintain peace.