The Nagaland Special Investigation Team (SIT) on its chargesheet has named 30 security guards in a military operation that killed 13 civilians in the Thiru-Otting area in December last year, police said on Saturday.
But two months later, it was learned that the 30 soldiers named in the SIT’s charge sheet had not been prosecuted yet because the central government had not granted the prosecution.
“The SIT filed its chargesheet with the court on May 30 and filed a case under Section 120B / 302/307/326/201/34 of the Indian Penal Code against 30 soldiers of the 21 para SF (1) operational team. Major, 2 Subedar, 8 Hawaldar / THM, 4 Naik, 6 Lance Naik and 9 Paratroopers), ”Director General of Police (DGP) TJ Longkumar said on Saturday.
The IPC Sections face charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, voluntarily causing grave injury, disappearance of evidence and criminal acts committed by several individuals.
The SIT findings claim that the security forces did not follow standard operating procedures and rules of engagement, but led to indiscriminate and disproportionate firing that resulted in the killing of civilians in a counter-insurgency that was horribly wrong.
On the fateful evening of December 4, 2021, 13 civilians were shot dead in the Tiru-Ootin area of Soma district in Nagaland, which resulted in the death of the security personnel when the villagers retaliated and another civilian was killed by the Assam Rifles personnel. The next day an angry mob attacked the Assam Rifles camp in Soma town.
The Army has created a trial court (CoI), led by the Major General, who has already visited Zero and inspected the site to understand the circumstances under which the incident occurred.
Asked whether the soldiers named in the SIT’s chargesheet were suspended during the investigation, SIT chief ADGP Sandeep M Tamagad said he was not in a position to comment on the internal disciplinary conduct of the Army, but the parallel CoI, as created by the Army, attached the soldiers in question during the investigation.
A series of events following the assassination of civilians in the Son district revived the public protest against the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), giving the security forces the impetus to carry out anti-insurgency operations in the region. , From Nagaland and Northeast.
In March, the Center announced that it would partially eliminate the controversial act in several pockets of the region, including 15 police stations in Nagaland. The state police chief said the security grid has been set up by deploying additional troops to those areas and the state police are monitoring security threats to ensure peace and tranquility.