Army Says Insurgents Used Human Shields In Arunachal Pradesh After 60-Year-Old Man Dies. Villagers Deny

Arunachal Pradesh village residents filed a complaint with NHRC after the death of a 60-year-old man

Guwahati:

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, tension flared up at a village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district bordering Myanmar over the death of a 60-year-old man. The Army said the man was killed in “crossfire” when suspected insurgents of the Naga armed group NSCN(IM) used some villagers as “human shields” and fired on an Army contingent.

The locals, however, said no insurgent was at their village, Pumao, and alleged the Army fired at “unarmed” civilians.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has ordered a probe by a judicial magistrate into the allegations.

“Army had been getting intelligence for the last few days about movement and activities of NSCN(IM) insurgents in Longding district. On Saturday, based on specific intelligence about presence of insurgents in Pumao, the troops launched a search operation. There was a gathering of villagers. Then they started protesting against the security forces throwing stones. The troops saw suspicious movement and started moving towards a house, which drew two to three bursts of gunfire towards the Army patrol,” the Army said in a statement.

A 60-year-old man, identified as Lamdaan Lukham, died of bullet injuries, government sources said. Seven other villagers were injured, they said.

“Civilians were told to disperse and to safeguard lives and property, controlled retaliation was resorted by firing eight single shots. In all…

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