GUWAHATI: The SIT set up by the Nagaland government to probe the killings of 13 villagers of Oting in Mon district of the state in a botched counter-insurgency operation by 21st Para (SF) recorded the statements of at least seven members of the elite commando unit of the army involved in the incident at Jorhat in Assam on Thursday.
A source said the SIT headed by Nagaland Police range IGP Limasunep Jamir recorded the statements of two officers and five jawans at the Rainforest Research Institute. The process will continue on Friday, he added. It is not known whether the SIT sat face to face with the commandos to record their statements or they were issued written statements. Both the army and Nagaland Police have not made any official statements on Thursday’s development.
On December 4 afternoon, a team of commandos of the Jorhat-based 21st Para (SF) lying in ambush near Oting village fired at an incoming pickup van carrying coal miners back to their homes and killed six of them. Hearing gunshots, Oting villagers rushed to the spot and when they saw the commandos covering the six bodies, they started attacking them, which led the commandos to fire again, resulting in the deaths of another seven villagers. One of the commandos also lost his life in the attack by the villagers.