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21 Para Regiment’s presence sparks protest

According to information received here, Konyak Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including Konyak Union, Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (women organisations) and Konyak Students Union on Wednesday sought to know why the 21 Para Regiment personnel involved in the firing were being given protection by the military.

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Kohima: Several Konyak groups on Thursday expressed strong resentment over the presence of some officials of the Indian Army’s 21 Para Regiment during an Army inquiry into a firing incident this month that killed 14 people, informed sources said on Thursday.

The 21 Para Regiment personnel were said to have been involved in the firing in Mon district on December 4 and 5.

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According to information received here, Konyak Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including Konyak Union, Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (women organisations) and Konyak Students Union on Wednesday sought to know why the 21 Para Regiment personnel involved in the firing were being given protection by the military.

The Konyaks are the dominant tribe of the Mon district.

The organisations said allowing the accused to come to the Konyak soil was “insensitive”, “disappointing” and “unacceptable”.

They questioned the credibility of the Indian Army inquiry team that visited Ground Zero on Wednesday.

They also expressed unhappiness over the questions the witnesses of December 4 were subjected to.

The Army’s court of inquiry team headed by a Major General arrived in Oting village in Mon district on Wednesday and visited the site where the December 4 shooting took place to understand the circumstances that led to the firing in which innocent civilians were killed.

UNI AS SSP MR

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