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State govt clamps Sec 144 CrPC in Kiphire dist; SH appeals for calm

Published on 3 Jan. 2018 10:49 PM IST
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Situation in Sitimi area under Kiphire district is under control as government has taken effective steps by rushing additional armed police and Assam Rifles troops to Kiphire where curfew under Section 144 CrPC had been imposed in Kiphire district since January 2, 2018 after reports of prevailing tension in Sitimi area.
The state government had also suspended internet and bulk SMS services in Kiphire district as precautionary measures. 
A notification was issued by the Home commissioner, Nagaland on January 2, 2018 imposing Section 144 CrPC and suspension of mobile internet/data services and bulk SMS.
Meanwhile, Sumi Hoho (SH) has appealed to the Sumi community to refrain from any provocative or instigative measures which could cause intensification of the conflict at Sitimi Village in Kiphire.
A press release from SH president, Hekhushe Shikhu and general secretary I. Nkheto Jimomi further discouraged circulation of rumours on social media platforms which were likely to lead to escalation of the ongoing conflict. 
Sumi Hoho has further warned that in the event of any untoward incident that results directly from such manipulative rumours, the individual so found to have circulated the rumour would bear responsibility in his/her or their personal capacities, and that it shall not reflect the views of the Sumi community.
SH further informed that the members were doing everything they could to solve the conflict through peaceful means “and to bring about amicable solution without resorting to intertribal violence.”
The hoho also appealed to “our brothers, the Sangtam tribe, and its apex civil organizations” to join them in an effort to forge peace through talks and not violence.
SH also appealed to the state government to immediately intervene before the conflict breaks out into an all out communal clash that could lead to loss of life and property. They stressed further that the conflict is the direct escalation of a simmering issue which began more than 20 years ago. The SH has beseeched the State Government to amicably resolve the issue through all possible means so as to avoid aggravation of this same issue time and again.

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