Nagaland: 15 killed in Mon Firing, funerals to be held today


Guwahati: The funeral services for those killed in the Mon firing incident will be held today in Nagaland’s Mon district.

According to sources, the funeral will be held at 10 am.

People would gather at the local ground in Mon from where the funeral procession would begin and then the bodies would be taken to the victims’ native Oting village where the burial will take place.

State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and other top leaders of the state will attend the funeral of the firing victims.

CM Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton who is also the minister in charge Home department, former Chief Minister and Naga People’s Front (NPF) leader Taditui Rangkau Zeliang and other senior government leaders are slated to arrive in Mon today morning ahead of the funeral to take stock of the situation and meet with community leaders.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Patton has already reached Mon early morning today while accompanied by Nagaland DGP and Home Commissioner.

The situation went out of control at the Oting area of Mon’s Tizit subdivision, the district headquarter town when angry protesters waiting for the funeral got impatient and ransacked the office of the Konyak Union, the apex Konyak tribal body, in the heart of Mon.

The crowd was waiting for the remains of the 13 villagers who were killed in a counter-insurgency gone wrong in Nagaland’s Mon.

Later, the mob said to be around 200 strong, marched to the nearby Assam Rifles camp attacking it and setting some establishments on fire. This prompted the Assam Rifles troops to open fire that killed 2 of the protesters and injured several others.

Meanwhile, the post mortem of the bodies has finally been concluded and the funeral is slated for 10 am tomorrow under the auspices of the Konyak Union. People would gather at the local ground in Mon from where the funeral procession would begin.

Among the 15 victims, 13 were killed in a counter-insurgency gone wrong in Mon, while two casualties have been reported yesterday as enraged protestors attacked Assam Rifles camp in the district. Reportedly the Assam Rifles personnel resorted to firing in the air, according to reports.