Arunachal Pradesh tribal villager shot by jawans; Army admits it was a case of mistaken identity

A case of mistaken identity death has been registered in the Namtok police station, while the body of the villager was handed over to his family after medico-legal formalities.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: June 16, 2017 4:28 am
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A villager was killed when security forces opened fire late Wednesday night in Khangsa village in Changlang, an Arunachal Pradesh district bordering Myanmar, with the Army authorities later admitting it was a case of mistaken identity.

Thirty-five year old Thingtu Ngemu was killed when bullets fired by jawans of the 21 Para (Special Forces) that is part of the on-going counter-insurgency operations in three eastern districts of the state, hit him from close range. Ngemu died on the spot.

Kohima-based Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjit Konwar said the civilian came in to the ambush that the Army troops had laid in a particular area, and was shot at when “he made very suspicious movements and rushed towards the ambush party.”

“The Army troops had laid an ambush in this particular area based on hard intelligence with regards to movement if a group of hardcore terrorists. It was during this time that the individual who has got killed, came into the ambush and on being challenged he made very suspicious movements and rushed towards the ambush party, which forced them to open controlled fire resulting in the individual suffering fatal injury. It is a case of mistaken identity,” Col Konwar, in a statement issued in Kohima said.

A case of mistaken identity death has been registered in the Namtok police station, while the body of the villager was handed over to his family after medico-legal formalities. Changlang, and two adjoining districts Tirap and Longding have remained disturbed since 1995 with various factions of the NSCN, the Paresh Barua faction of ULFA and some Meitei insurgent groups from Manipur using it as a transit area to and fro their bases in Myanmar.

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    Raj
    Jun 17, 2017 at 3:34 am
    This is the problem with leaving the Arunachali-Myanmar Border unpatrolled - all the villagers treat international border like some thoroughfare going between India and Myanmar when ever they feel bored. This incident is not due to some reckless soldier who got bored or got scared and pulled the trigger. This Operation was done by the 21 PARA Commandos - elite of the elite. They wouldn't have pulled the trigger if there wasn't some very good reason one of them thought this guy was suspicious.
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      Samphung Wangsa
      Jun 16, 2017 at 10:26 pm
      In an ambush around the village or public areas security forces are bound to take a civil police help as to identify the suspected person. But in this incident AR troops didn't take care about civil police.They break the rules to protect the civilian population. They show their superiorism above civil police. This made them misconduct beyond the law. State government are requested to take disciplinary action on the top priority. Otherwise they will shot down other innocent people tomorrow and shall state as it is an act of mistaken of iden y.
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        Raj
        Jun 17, 2017 at 3:25 am
        WAAH! Genius comment again. With Genius like this India is "saved". This was NOT Assam Rifles - but SPECIAL FORES PARA COMMANDO who were conducting a SECRET operation on the border with Myanmar. If they call Police, Police's baap - AR and village sarpanch and hold Panchayat there - how is it a SECRET operation ??
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        NoMan'sLand
        Jun 16, 2017 at 7:09 am
        Know what? Such "mistakes" will create consequences. Unfortunate
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          Raj
          Jun 17, 2017 at 3:26 am
          Without "risks" there is no "reward". Consequences also exist without taking pro-active action. Villagers who use the India-Myanmar international border as a zebra crossing should also be held responsible.
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          bitterhoney
          Jun 16, 2017 at 4:29 am
          How justified it is to kill a lone unarmed civilian? Does this not show the nervousness of our security forces?
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            NoMan'sLand
            Jun 16, 2017 at 7:10 am
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              Raj
              Jun 17, 2017 at 3:22 am
              Are you mentally stable ? READ the article you chimp - what "nervousness" nonsense are you talking about ? This was a counter-terrorist operation and this fellow stepped into the middle of. He got shot - considering that terrorists dont' carry ID cards or wear uniforms . Accidents happen sometimes. Use what little brain God has given you and think before writing nonsense.
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              Proud Bhakt
              Jun 16, 2017 at 3:03 am
              Media should not make a big deal out of it . It was a just an honest mistake.Army mistook him for someone else and then shot him dead.These things happen. Sometimes it is necessary to kill on mere su,s,p,i,c,i,on. It is better to be safe than sorry.there is nothing wrong in killing a few innocent people by mistake to go after Terrorists Maoists in the larger interest of the nation any intense conflict innocents are sometimes killed.It is called COLLATERAL DAMAGE.We must not tie the hands of the Army. They must be given the full freedom to go after and eliminate Terrorists.Sometimes the Army will make an HONEST mistake .
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                NoMan'sLand
                Jun 16, 2017 at 7:11 am
                ी काह
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                Proud Bhakt
                Jun 16, 2017 at 3:01 am
                Media should not make a big deal out of it . It was a just an honest mistake.Army mistook him for someone else and then shot him dead.These things happen. Sometimes it is necessary to kill on mere su ion. It is better to be safe than sorry.there is nothing wrong in killing a few innocent people by mistake to go after Terrorists Maoists in the larger interest of the nation any intense conflict innocents are sometimes killed.It is called COLLATERAL DAMAGE.We must not tie the hands of the Army. They must given the full freedom to go after and eliminate Terrorists.Sometimes the Army will make an HONEST mistake .
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                  bitterhoney
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 4:32 am
                  I would have celebrated if Proud Bhakt was the mistaken iden y.
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                    NoMan'sLand
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:12 am
                    sorry man but he is another part of u :(
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                      Raj
                      Jun 17, 2017 at 3:30 am
                      Who gives 2 paisa about YOUR celebrations ? If you were so great - the Indian Army wouldn't be spending hours and money there taking care of these backward states with illiterate people. the Indian Army is not conducting military operations in MAharastra or Karnataka or dehli because people have more important things to do with their lives than play "jungle rambo" . People like you won't suffer "mistaken iden y" - you will be the "correct iden y".
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