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Factional clash averted at Niu colony

Residents of Veterinary colony, Niu colony and North Block A & B, taking out a procession asking factions to vacate the area, Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Aug. 2008 1:06 AM IST
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Timely intervention of police prevented an imminent clash between rival NSCN factions early Tuesday morning here at Niu colony. According to reports, around thirty NSCN (I-M) activists entered the colony where some NSCN (K) activists were camping, and started intermittent firing around 5 a.m. Police said the firing lasted five to ten minutes and some twenty to twenty five shots were fired. It was not clear whether the NSCN (K) also resorted to firing. Police later recovered one empty case each of AK-47 and from the spot. Though there was no report of any casualty, police and Niu Colony Council members said some household goods were damaged by stray bullets in the firing that started near the Government Middle School. However, police intervened on time and asked the NSCN (I-M) activists to vacate the area. Police also escorted the NSCN (I-M) men to the other side of the road leading towards North Block-A. Later, hundreds of women folks, youths and elders of Veterinary colony, Niu colony and North Block A & B, took out a protest rally in the locality equipped with microphones, drums and shouting slogans, requesting both the faction to vacate the area. SP Dimapur, Addl. SP, SDPOs Dimapur and Niuland, OC East, administration along with GBs and DBs were also present at the spot. Later, when contacted Addl. SP, Dimapur, VZ Angami told Nagaland Post over phone that police have deployed additional force in the area to thwart any unwanted situation. He also disclosed that a platoon of the IRB would soon be stationed in the locality once accommodation for the personnel was worked out. Meanwhile, Niu Colony Council secretary Kakiho Awomi has expressed gratitude to East PS and DEF personnel for their timely intervention, which prevented a factional clash in the colony.

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