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Shah should resign for lying to Parliament on civilians’ killing in Nagaland: Congress

Kohima/New Delhi, Dec 26 (MNN) Union Home Minister Amit Shah should resign for “lying to Parliament and the nation” on the December 4 killing of 14 persons in firing by security personnel and subsequent violence in Nagaland, the Congress demanded on Sunday.

Dubbing Shah as “jhoot aur asatya ke shehanshah” or king of falsehood, Congress leader Dr Ajoy Kumar said that Shah claimed that the persons shot dead were fleeing while two leaders from BJP in the northeast said he was lying. “He know about the incident on December 4 night itself but preferred to go to Rajasthan to topple the government led by Ashok Gehlot instead of Nagland where personnel of 21 Para special forces fired and killed six civilians in Mon district.”

The six coal miners were shot dead near Oting village on December 4 afternoon. Another six villagers and a security personnel too died in the violence that followed as irate villagers allegedly attacked and vandalised an Assam Rifles camp in the district. Two vehicles were set afire in the incident. One person died in violence on December 5.

Pointing out that Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had announced on December 5 to set up a special investigation team to probe the killing of “innocent civilians” at Oting.

Dr Ajoy Kumar said that Shah claimed that the Indian government had set up the SIT while it was the state that had done so. He also demanded that the SIT working should be monitored by a serving Judge of the Assam High Court.

The Congress leader also said that kin of all the civilians killed should be given Rs 1 crore each, as against Rs 5 lakh announced earlier. This amount too had been refused by the bereaved families, Dr Ajoy Kumar said.

A report by Al Jazeera had said that the firing began when a pick-up truck carrying labourers working in coal mines was passing by an Assam Rifles camp area.

It said the troops had intelligence inputs about militant movement in the area and mistook the miners riding the truck as terrorists and opened fire, killing six of them.

As hundreds of angry tribals trooped and surrounded the camp, they burnt Assam Rifles vehicles and clashed with security personnel, a police officer was quoted as saying. In the subsequent firing by troops, six more civilians and a security official were killed.

After the incident, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had set up a four-member panel to visit the northeastern state and meet the affected families. It included Jitendra Singh, Gaurav Gogoi, AK Antony and Dr Ajoy Kumar. The panel has since submitted its report to Sonia Gandhi.

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