Nagaland protests (Pic: PTI)
The unrest in Kohima calmed down late on Thursday night after the Army was called in, Around 375 soldiers were deployed across the city, which witnessed violent protests on Thursday against Nagaland Chief Minister's refusal to postpone the municipal elections, in which seats were reserved for women.
Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang has rejected the demand for his government’s resignation following the death of two persons in anti-ULB poll agitation in Dimapur. He appealed to the people to stop violence and not fall prey to rumour mongers.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that it was wrong for attacking the Cabinet over the issue.“Have to save Nagaland CM. We understand people’s sentiments but not right to attack Cabinet. Appeal to people to talk to the government,” Rijiju said.
The Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC), representing different tribal organisations, had on Thursday served an ultimatum to Zeliang and his cabinet to resign by 4 PM.
Assure to ppl of North-East we're sensitive about their security & have provided all arrangements incl Army & Air Force-MoS Defence S Bhamre pic.twitter.com/J8FOnIpfLN— ANI (@ANI_news) February 3, 2017
Well aware of situation of North-East, PM & Defence Minister sensitive about it. We've taken due precautions: MoS Defence Subhash Bhamre pic.twitter.com/w0U4dAuTDO— ANI (@ANI_news) February 3, 2017
In view of the violence, the Kohima District administration has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in certain areas including Raj Bhavan, Ministers’ Hill, and Jail Colony.
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The curfew came into effect from 9:30 tonight and would continue till further order, a notification said.
(With inputs from agencies)