On the cold, dark winter evening of December 4, 2021, the Indian Army’s Special Forces, acting on specific intelligence, laid an ambush for insurgents in Mon district of Nagaland. On that fateful day, six innocent people were killed in the firing on a vehicle suspected of ferrying insurgents. Two other passengers injured in the incident were evacuated to a nearby hospital, by the Army personnel. The incident turned out to be a case of ‘mistaken identity’.
Even as the army authorities were quick to acknowledge their grave mistake, an angry mob, armed with dahs (traditional broadsword) assaulted the army personnel, killing one soldier and injuring several others. Two army vehicles were burnt. The army personnel opened fire to disperse the hostile crowd, and seven more people lost their lives in the firing.