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Army gunned down a civilian on mistaken identity; Arunachal Congress demands ex-gratia relief of Rs. 5 crores

June 15, 2017 07:57PM

ET Bureau

Changlang, 15 June: A civilian in Arunachal Pradesh was gunned down by the Army, which later called it a case of “mistaken identity”.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night in the state's Changlang district bordering Myanmar.

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee vehemently condemned the killing and said that the deceased innocent fall prey to the Army's unwanted ambush due to procedural lapses. APCC stated that as per the convention, it is mandatory for the Army to coordinate with Civil Police before resorting to cordoned off or ambushing any civil areas to avoid any untoward happenings. People of Arunachal Pradesh are peace loving but any attempt to harass us physically or mentally shall not be tolerated under any circumstance, stated APCC.

Thingtu Ngemu, 35, was shot dead by the commandos of elite 21 Para (Special Forces) mistaking him to be an ultra, during a counter-insurgency operation

“The Army troops had laid an ambush in this particular area based on hard intelligence with regards to the movement of a group of hardcore terrorists. It was during this time that the individual, who got killed, came into the ambush and on being challenged, he made very suspicious movements and rushed towards the ambush party, which forced them to open controlled fire resulting in the individual suffering fatal injury. It is a case of mistaken identity,” a defence spokesman said on Thursday.

Militants, belonging to particularly the SS Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and Paresh Baruah faction of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), often use the routes in Changlang besides neighbouring Tirap district of the state to sneak in and out of Myanmar.

The insurgents sneak out their bases in the neighbouring country to carry out subversive activities and extortions, the spokesman added.

Questioning the Army APCC added that the people of Tirap and Changlang Districts are sleeping giant and their endurance and tolerance should not be treated as weakness by the Government and any forces whatsoever be. A citizen, that too an innocent villager cannot be murdered by army 'mistakenly'. This is beyond the ethic of a disciplined Indian army..Arunachal should not be equated with Jammu & Kashmir..Such provocation by army is uncalled for and demeaned the hard earned image of the Indian army, said APCC in an official communiqué.

The APCC outrightly blame the incumbent State Govt. especially the Ministry of Home Affairs for having failed in all fronts to contain the prevailing law and order problem and further demands the State pay an ex-gratia payment to the tune of Rupees Five Crores and to provide governmental job to the family member of the deceased.

APCC convey its condolences to the members of bereaved the family.


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