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Gunfight averted in Kohima

Public watching a confrontation between the IRB, state police and NSCN-IM activists near new NST colony, Kohima, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Sep. 2008 1:20 AM IST
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A major gunfight was averted today when IRB personnel and NSCN (IM) cadres confronted each other near New NST colony, Kohima even as Police claimed it warded off the activists and restored normalcy. Police said IRB patrol party accosted a person moving about in a suspicious manner at around 10:45 a.m and interrogated him which led to the standoff lasting for about half an hour. Panic stricken, shop owners downed their shutters and joined the pedestrians fleeing for safety. Meanwhile, police said an NSCN (I-M) functionary was taken into custody. Meanwhile, the NSCN (I-M) has expressed resentment over the alleged assault on one of their men by police in full public view without any “rhyme or reason.”

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