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Arunachal Pradesh: Counter-insurgency op goes wrong: Civilians shot at in Tirap

It is now confirmed that the incident in which two civilians were injured in the counter insurgency operations in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district is indeed a case of mistaken identity.

It is now confirmed that the incident in which two civilians were injured in the counter insurgency operations in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district is indeed a case of mistaken identity.
The fact that this was a botched up encounter & a case of mistaken identity in which two innocent villagers were shot at has been confirmed by Tirap district deputy commissioner Taro Mize.

The Tirap district DC also said that the security personnel even apologised to the villagers on the spot after it was discovered that the two injured persons were not militants at all. Compensation to the two injured persons have also been promised.

The two civilians were injured during counter insurgency operations carried out by 12 Para Special Forces at Chasa village in Tirap District late last night. The incident happened while Special Forces were in the area in search of militant activities after specific inputs.

The injured duo has been identified as Nokphua Wangpan and Ramwang Wangsa. The duo has been shifted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh for better treatment. Meanwhile doctors informed that the condition of the duo who had sustained bullet injuries in their hand and legs to be out of danger.

According to sources, the Special Forces had laid an ambush at Chasa village following inputs of insurgent movements in the area. On witnessing some suspicious movement at around 2 AM, the forces opened fire after the duo started running. Later, villagers surrounded the Special Forces personnel and demanded justice for the victims. Senior Army officials have also rushed to the site following the incident.

It needs to be mentioned here that earlier last month, following the killing of a civilian during an encounter between security forces and insurgents, residents of the Tirap-Changlang-Longding areas frustrated of being caught in the crossfire staged a massive protest in Tirap. This incident comes just a day after the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act was extended for another 6 months in the three districts of the state.

First Published: 2nd April, 2022 14:48 IST

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