New Delhi: A case of mistaken identity is reportedly the reason behind the civilian killings in Nagaland, as per the Defence expert who spoke exclusively to India Ahead on Sunday.
Speaking to India Ahead, Col Shivdan Singh, a Defence Expert said, “We should look at the incident with a total ‘perspective’.” He went on to say that India has become a ‘safe’ ground for insurgents. Col Singh also explained due to the country’s topography, many try to infiltrate the populations living near the borders and acquire citizenship. He then talked about how CAA protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh led to riots in the Capital when the Centre amended the Citizenship Act.
“Why were they roaming in such huge numbers in those (Nagaland) areas where there is thick forest cover. You can ponder over their intentions. So to question Security forces over the incident is weakening their morale,” he said. He went on to question the locals living in these areas and said that they should have been more vigilant and avoided the place.
“It is absolutely wrong to blame security forces in this matter,” he said.
While talking to India Ahead about the Nagaland killings, Amit Kumar of East Mojo publication raised serious questions about the term ‘mistaken identity’ which is allegedly used to explain the tragedy.
“Mistaken identity is a very loose term which has been used when 13 people were killed by the security forces. Nagaland’s Oting area, where the incident took place, is the eastern-most district of the state and is a trijunction and shares its borders with Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. And this is not the first and sadly not the last time such an incident has taken place,” he lamented.
Col Shivdan Singh after being questioned for his take on the incident reiterated and softened his stance but maintained that a case of ‘mistaken identity’ is likely given the circumstances, “I fully sympathise with the people who have been killed and have been injured. But I would like to add that Army receives inputs about the illegal movement of militants around the borders and have to take action.”
He added that Army is transparent in such matters and will present a report within a fortnight, “Army always investigates such matters rigorously and will be informed about the mistaken identity and the report will come out in 15-20 days.”
The latest civilian killings in the North East does raise many important questions like what kind of ambush were the security forces planning where the incident took place and what could have led to such a huge number of casualties in an area where a huge number of tribals dwell.