New Delhi: An Indian army contingent has gunned down a civilian and injured at least one person in a village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district situated along the Myanmar border. The incident has evoked widespread condemnation and resentment in the Northeastern state.
While the army, in a statement, has claimed that it was on “a search operation” in the area following inputs about “movement and activities of NSCN (Isak-Muivah) cadres”, the deputy commissioner of Longding district has, however, corroborated to the media the sequence of events related by the villagers that led to the killing.
A news report detailing the incident in the Arunachal Times said that the villagers of Pamao had a peace meeting with a group of army personnel from the 19th Sikh Regiment on May 16 over the beating of a villager identified as Jimphu Wangnow for no apparent reason. According to the villagers, Jimphu was picked up on May 15 night while returning from the church and was taken to the base camp and beaten up.