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Factions exchange indiscriminate fire

Circled portion just above the bumper of the army car showing a hole made by bullet. Four bullets pierced the stationary car when factions exchanged fire near Tata Parking, Dimapur, Wednesday. (NP)
DIMAPUR, AUG 20 (Staff Reporter):
Published on 21 Aug. 2008 2:17 AM IST
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An Ambassador car belonging to the Army was riddled with bullets when rival NSCN factions exchanged fire here at Tata Parking near Gilead Nursing Home, Wednesday around 10.15 a.m. According to Police, two cadres each from both the factions were trading firing from opposite sides of the road when four stray bullets pierced the Army car, which was parked near a car hood tailor shop. However, there was no occupant in the car and no one was injured in the firing, police said. Police later recovered one 9mm empty case from the spot. A number of incidents were also reported Wednesday in various parts of the town. Police chased and fired upon two armed youths fleeing in a motorcycle when the refused to stop after they were involved in an accident with another motorcycle at Kalibari Road around 2.30 pm. Police later seized the bike but the two managed to escape. In another incident at Kalibari junction, police on frisking duty apprehended one NSCN (K) activist identified as ‘2nd Lt’ Akato Yepthomi, son of late Khuzhayi of Khetoyi village, at around 5.45 p.m. Police recovered one M20 pistol with 16 live rounds, two magazines and a mobile phone from the activist. Police said Akato had earlier defected from the NSCN (I-M). A 9 IRB patrolling party apprehended one Shekiho Yepthomi, son of Yehaxu of Khetohe village, from Nei-u Colony, Burma Camp, at around 7 p.m. The patrolling party also recovered four live ammunition of 7.65, one magazine along with cash receipt booklet of ‘GPRN’ Chaplee Committee from his possession. Police also arrested two persons later identified as Zevihuh Chakesang, a GB of 7th Mile and one Heroka, son of Akavi Rochill, a ‘sergeant major’ in the NSCN (K), while they were traveling in a Jeep. Police recovered one 9mm pistol and a stolen motor bike from the duo.

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