Slain villagers may have tried to save militants; they support Nagas, claims Report

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The villagers may have tried to save insurgents and that the Nagaland firing incident was not a case of intelligence failure, News 18 quoting sources has reported.

According to the report Nagaland firing incident was not a case of intelligence failure, and credible inputs were shared by the insurgency task force about the movement of the insurgent group, top sources told CNN-News18. Thirteen civilians were killed and 11 others injured by government forces in two consecutive incidents of firing, the first of which was possibly a case of mistaken identity.

It is mandatory to check intelligence inputs by two agencies, which include the Army and task force at their level, the report said. However, the intelligence sources said, that the insurgents were tipped off by someone at the last stage and they managed to infiltrate locals in that movement.

The addition of civilians was not known to the task force and by then the operation had already been planned, the sources said, adding that there is possibility that villagers tried to save insurgents from the attack and they were killed.

The same set of villagers also support the Nagas from time to time, the sources said.

The state government has decided to set up a High Level Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by an IGP level officer to probe the incident that took place on Saturday evening, according to an official statement.

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