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2 injured in Dimapur firing
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 May. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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A shoot out in Dimapur City’s crowded trade centre(Nyamo Lotha Road), left two persons injured –one NSCN (I-M) activist and another bystander- spreading further panic as shopkeepers immediately downed shutters Tuesday. Police sources said the shoot out occurred several shops away from Plaza Bakery at around 3.20 p.m. when most of the shoppers were returning home. Police identified the injured as NSCN(I-M) “sgt.” Lovika Assumi, son of Kikheto Assumi of Pimla village and presently residing at Diphupar. He suffered two bullet injuries on the stomach during a scuffle with rival activist. A bystander, identified as Sanjay Kumar Jain, manager of Liberty Restaurant was hit by a stray bullet on the back , after it ricocheted on his scooter. The activists involved escaped in the melee. Police immediately rushed to the spot and started combing operation. A country made pistol reportedly thrown away by the injured NSCN(I-M) activist was recovered near the spot along with seven live rounds . The Gypsy (NL-01C- 7260) belonging to NSCN (K) town commander was also recovered. The injured Lovika, was later shifted to Zion Hospital from Dimapur district hospital for surgery. Police said additional forces would be deployed with extra MVCP and increased pedestrian frisking. Meanwhile, condemning the incident, the GPRN/NSCN said it was an “assassination attempt” on its “town commander” by “IM gang” in which one of the assassins was shot in retaliation by its cadre. The outfit said NSCN(I-M) rivals had first held its town commanders’ body guard at gunpoint near Plaza Bakery and using him a human shield, fired on the town commander who took “evasive action.” It said the bodyguard managed to free himself and escaped taking advantage of the “chaotic moment”. The GPRN/NSCN accused the rival faction of “terrorizing” the Naga people by creating situations but reiterated that despite such “obstacles and hurdles” it would continue to co-operate with Hohos and Civil Societies to bring reconciliation and unity among the Nagas.

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