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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday said it cancelled the visit of a five-member party delegation to Nagaland’s Mon district to meet the families of civilians killed in the December 4 firing.

At least 14 civilians and one soldier were killed in a counter-insurgency operation that took place on December 4. Security forces had allegedly opened fire on civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district in two consecutive incidents of firing on Saturday evening. One soldier also died in the rioting which followed.

The visit of the TMC delegation, led by party MP Sushmita Dev, was cancelled in view of Section-144 CrPC being imposed in the affected area and the deteriorating law and order situation. Follow Nagaland firing latest updates here

The delegation also comprised of MPs Prasun Banerjee, Aparupa Poddar Santanu Sen, and party spokesperson Biswajit Deb.

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Talking to India Today, TMC MP Shantanu Sen said that they entered Kolkata airport and almost boarded the flight when they decided to call it off.

Shantanu Sen said the visit was called off due to prohibitory orders in the affected area and the apprehension that the delegation could be arrested upon reaching Nagaland. Sen said they would be blamed if some untoward incident happens after they reach Nagaland.

The TMC delegation will now hold a press conference in Kolkata later today.

On Monday, TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy also submitted a notice in Rajya Sabha to hold a discussion on the topic, saying the incident is a matter of great importance.

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