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The Nagaland government has granted an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the 14 people killed in firing by security forces in Mon district.

Nagaland transport minister Paiwang Konyak handed over the ex-gratia to the village council chairman on Sunday night.

At least 14 civilians were killed in an Indo-Myanmar border district in three consecutive incidents of firing as a counter-insurgency operation went awry on Saturday evening.

Paiwang Konyak told India Today that an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh has been given to the victim’s families and Rs 50,000 to the injured persons.

“On Saturday evening, 13 civilians were killed in an area between Tiru and Oting village and one civilian was killed on Sunday evening in Mon. Two critically injured persons have been admitted to Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh and three others were airlifted to Dimapur for better treatment. Few others are now in Mon hospital,” Paiwang Konyak said.

SIT FORMED FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION

He further said that the state government has already set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the incident.

“We appeal to the people of Nagaland to maintain peace and not to take law in their hands. Our government will conduct a free and fair probe into the incident,” Paiwang Konyak said.

The Nagaland minister also said that the funeral services for those killed in the firing incident will be held in Mon town on Monday and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and other cabinet ministers and officials will be present.

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