Sunday, January 29, 2023

One year on, no justice to families of Oting victims

Staff Reporter

Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has asked every house in Eastern Nagaland to hoist black flags (Black Day) in memory of the 14 lives lost as a consequence of the botched operation by the Army’s Special Operations Team of 21 Paras on December 4 at Oting and firing by Assam Rifles on 5, 2021 in Mon town.
ENPO plans to mark the first anniversary of the Oting massacre as ‘Black Day’ on December 4 and 5, 2022 in entire Eastern Nagaland.
Despite all the protests and bandhs in the aftermath of the massacre, the families of the victims were still yet to get justice.
It may be recalled that the Nagaland Police Special Investigating Team (SIT), constituted to probe the December 4, 2021 Oting massacre resulted in the loss of 13 innocent civilians, completed its investigation and charge-sheeted 30 personnel including a Major commanding the 21 Para (Special Forces) unit of the Indian Army.
The SIT, in a detailed chargesheet, running into over 300 pages, has given a blow-by-blow account of the two-firing incident that followed in the Tiru-Oting region.
According to the SIT report, the operation team consisted of 30 personnel led by a major rank officer, two Subedar, eight Hav/THM, four Nk, six L/Nk and nine paratroopers.
However, prosecution sanction against the 30 accused was grounded when the Supreme Court in July this year, stayed proceedings against 30 army personnel on the petition filed in the apex court by Anjali Gupta, wife of Major Ankush Gupta, who was one of the army officers booked by the state Police.

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