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1 killed, houses burned in Thongtsou

1 killed, houses burned in Thongtsou
A house razed to ashes at Thongtsou village on Wednesday.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/18/2020 12:26:04 PM IST

Tension heightened in Noklak district after one person was killed and several houses burned down at Thongtsou village by unidentified miscreants.

According to reports received here, the incident took place at around 4.30 to 5 a.m. Wednesday when some unidentified miscreants entered the village and attacked the villagers.

Sources quoting official reports, said the miscreants shot dead one person and later set his house on fire. 

Another person from the village also sustained injuries and was rushed to the nearby Community Health Centre for treatment.

Caught unawares by the sudden attack, it was reported that the villagers fled to the nearby jungle for shelter. 

Several houses were also burnt down during the attack, it was reported. At least around 10 houses were burnt down, sources stated.

According to information, sources believe that the incident may have been sparked by long pending land dispute.

On learning of the attack on the village, police personnel including Assam Rifles rushed to the spot. There was no report whether, if any of the attackers were arrested. Police also recovered several live ammunition including empty shells at the site. 

Meanwhile, a high level team of officials led by Director General of Police (DGP) Nagaland, T. John Longkumer accompanied by Home commissioner, Abhijit Sinha and other senior officials flew to Tuensang by chopper from Kohima on Wednesday afternoon to take stock of the situation. 

The high-level official team was also scheduled to visit the affected area, however, due to bad weather conditions, the chopper could not fly. It was also  learnt that there is no motorable road to the village. Due to poor connectivity, none of the officials could be contacted.

 Meanwhile, Noklak district officials along with leaders of various tribal bodies and other organisations held an emergency meeting to diffuse the situation and prevent further escalation of violence.

Additional police and security personnel were being rushed to the affected area to maintain law and order and instill confidence among the public.

No further details were available at the time of filing this report.

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