Crowds defy curfew to attend funerals of civilians killed by the army

Hundreds of people in the Indian state of Nagaland gathered on Monday December 6, despite the curfew, to bury civilians shot dead by the Indian army during a security operation. The families of those who died were later joined by Nagaland Prime Minister Neiphiu Rio, who blamed the deaths on the military and ordered an investigation.

Demonstrations took place across the state on Monday, a day after a march was held in the state capital Kohima to honor the victims. A police source told AFP the situation was “tense but under control“.

Killed protesters and a soldier

Linked to the rest of the country by a narrow land corridor, Nagaland and other northeastern Indian states have seen decades of unrest between different ethnic and separatist groups. Dozens of tribal groups and smaller rebel groups live in the region, with demands ranging from greater autonomy to secession from India.

On Saturday, an elite military commando waiting in ambush for insurgents accidentally shot dead six miners in Oting, in the Mon district bordering Burma. According to the Indian Army, the ambush was on “credible informationReport of a group of armed insurgents moving through the area. Eight other civilians were then killed after an angry mob violently attacked the soldiers.

During these incidents, a soldier was killed and a military vehicle was set on fire. The authorities then imposed a curfew and internet shutdowns. At least two protesters were shot dead and nearly a dozen others injured on Sunday after angry mobs attacked and partially burned an army facility in the area.

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