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Meghalaya: Army guns down 2 civilians by mistake

India Blooms News Service | | 27 Nov 2015, 10:58 am
Shillong, Nov 27 (IBNS) Army personnel on Wednesday shot down two civilians, mistaking them for Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants, according to media reports.

The victims, a school teacher and his friend, were identified as Alphium Momin and Sweetbirth D Marak, are residents of Rajasimla village, They were atop a two wheeler when they were gunned down.

A national daily quoted North Garo Hills SP, Ramesh Singh as saying, "We have registered a case against the killings. The Army informed us about the incident on Thursday morning."

The Army has also launched a probe into the incident they have referred to as a mistake.

Meanwhile, tension has  flared up with both the police and locals blaming  the army, terming it a 'violation of law' and a 'fake encounter'.