The inquiry team headed by a senior rank officer – a Major General – inspected the site to understand the circumstances that led to the incident, the army said in a statement.
On 4 December, a vehicle carrying eight coal miners in Nagaland’s Oting village was ambushed by the Army’s elite 21 Para Special Forces, who were engaged in a counter-insurgency mission. Six people were gunned down. Their deaths were later regretted as a case of ‘mistaken identity‘ by the army.
Regarding the Indian Army’s statement which read, “the inquiry ordered by army is progressing expeditiously and all efforts are being made to conclude it at the earliest,” the Oting Citizen said:
“Their statement and their action are contradictory. This is proven by the presence of those personnel in the inquiry team during their visit to ground zero. What kind of law allows an accused to be an eyewitness to a crime committed by him?”
A statement issued by the Indian Army added that the team had also visited the Tizit Police Station in Mon on Wednesday afternoon to meet a cross-section of people, including civilians, police personnel, and doctors who treated the injured, “for obtaining valuable information pertaining to the incident,” EastMojo reported.
(With inputs from EastMojo)