An army team that reached Nagaland to probe an ambush that went horribly wrong on December 5 has allowed the state’s investigation team to record the statements of soldiers who were involved in the operation, which claimed the lives of 14 civilians, police sources have said. A soldier died in a subsequent attack by villagers, who surrounded the jawans in anger.
The Nagaland Special Investigation Team, or SIT, is likely to complete recording the statements of the 21 Para Special Forces soldiers this week, police sources said.
It is not yet clear how the probe by the state-level team will proceed since Nagaland is under the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act, or AFSPA, which protects security forces from persecution without the centre’s sanction.
The Nagaland SIT has been expanded from eight members to 22 officers to speed up the probe, police sources said, adding the bigger team includes five Indian Police Service officers. The SIT has been further divided into seven teams.