Post Mortem

A kick to the belly

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/6/2021 1:34:18 PM IST

 Oting is a village located approximately 25 kms away from Mon Town, the Administrative Headquarters of Mon District in Nagaland. Bordering it are Tiru, Pongkong, Longlam and Wangla. The Tiru valley which has made news in the last decade (due to the discovery of coal and its mining) is a landed boundary shared and called by the names Upper (Pongkong) Tiru and Lower (Oting) Tiru. 

The Tiru valley and it’s adjoining Borjan, Naganimora area holds tertiary reserves of coal which are mined by the people indigenously. The method of mining popularly known as ‘rat-hole’ mining is commonly practised, and the locals therein work in the mines with basic tools such as hoes, pick-axes and other shovelling equipments. This mining and it’s related activities has become a basic part of household economy where by men as well as women, young and capable, all take part in the mining activity to sustain their families in the dry winter season. It is the season where people are on a break after the harvesting of their jhum fields and the new field is not slashed and burned. In the few weeks of break from agricultural activities many people actively work in these coallery with the hope to make money to pay off their dues, save up for the upcoming academic session, for the upcoming festivities of Christmas, the New year so on.

On that fateful day the people of Oting went to their usual work place. To earn for their family, to warm their tummies, to save for their family, children and for the future. Such were the lives, hopes and dreams of the simple village folks of Oting who wanted nothing more than to improve their livelihood. On the evening of 4th December these simple folks were killed, as if in a battlefield were these young men slayed with the spray of bullets. The security personnels (21st Para Special Forces) fired indiscriminately at the mini pick-up truck that was carrying no less than 6-8 individuals, killing 6 on the spot and critically injuring 2 others who later succumbed to the injury. It was not a blunder, it was murder in cold blood. When they killed those innocent young men, not only are they wiping out one life from the face of the earth but cutting off the livelihood of many in these families who depended on their labour and earnings. It is not just a bullet wound killing but a kick on the belly of the poor, who wanted nothing more than to put food on the table for their loved ones.

Let JUSTICE prevail.

JC Konyak

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