Kohima: A few rebels are believed to have been hurt as they were locked in a heavy exchange of firing in Nagaland on Wednesday.
The incident took place in Tobu area in Mon district where both side had a fierce encounter from Tuesday. According to sources, the Armed rebels suddenly sprang on a group of Assam Rifles on a patrolling duty in the evening amid stepped up security to ensure a peaceful I-Day celebrations in the state on Wednesday.
The rebel outfit in search of a greater Nagalim has yet to issue any statement.
The para military forces have also not divulged anything in detail.
MARGHERITA: Activists of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samity’s Margherita unit staged three hour long sit in strike at Ledo ITI College premises on Thursday demanding steps to open the ITI since the construction works are over. Pappu Dutta General Secretary of CMSS Tinsukia District Committee told www.assamtimes.org that the ITI has been one of the long standing demands of the entire Margherita Constituency. “But sadly, we have not seen the light of the day. Till date it has not become a reality,” said Dutta.
He said,” with this dharma we want to draw the attention of Chief Minister to feel our pulse and to immediately open the Ledo ITI.” Later they sent a memorandum to the chief minister through Margherita SDO(Civil).
DIMAPUR: Normal life remains heavily disrupted in Nagaland following a statewide bandh call on Thursday by the civil society organizations opposing the ongoing poll process without resolving the decade old confronting Naga settlement issue.
Roads in this restive north eastern state started wearing a deserted look from early in the morning when the bandh call was enforced. Security forces are only moving on the streets to deal with possible outbreak of law and order mess. Shops and markets, schools and colleges, banks and offices have remained closed under the impact of the 12 hour bandh.
Amid water right security, the state election office is opening with thin attendance of employees in Kohima. The returning officers are being guarded heavily in their offices. But nobody has come to the offices to collect necessary papers to file the nomination papers.
The Election Commission has issued poll notification inviting nomination for the February 7 voting defying the boycott call of the civil society organizations who on Wednesday evening confirmed the bandh call resolved on Monday.
The civil society organizations at a meeting in Dimapur on Monday got a joint declaration signed by the major political parties to refrain from participating in the upcoming assembly polls before a final settlement of the decade old confronting issue.
BJP pulled out of the declaration a day after it at the instance of the central leadership. The party's state leadership are holding talks with the central leaders in Delhi to find a way out.