Kohima, Feb 2: The violence in Nagaland worsened on Wednesday after protestors torched Government buildings forcing paramilitary forces to be deployed in the capital city of Kohima. According to news reports, protestors thousands in number marched to the secretariat building and the office of the Municipal Council and District Commissioner were set ablaze. Also Read - CBSE Affiliation System Based on NEP 2020 to Come Into Effect on March 1: What’s New?
As per reports, other government offices were ransacked and vehicles were torched as well. Following this paramilitary forces have been reportedly deployed at the New Secretariat building. The protestors reportedly wants the 33 per cent reservation for women in civic polls to be rolled back as they believe it is a violation of the rights which is granted to the Naga by the Indian Constitution as per article 371 (A). Also Read - Priyanka Gandhi Lends Help to Deceased Party Worker's Kin as Congress Reaches Out To Grassroot Workers in UP
The protestors arrived at the Old MLA hostel road carrying the bodies of the two person who died on Tuesday in police retaliatory firing. The protestors are demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister and his cabinet. Apart from that, the protestors, who are members of Naga tribal groups want the Governor to arrive at discussion with them. Furthermore, the protestors also demanded the suspension of all policemen involved in the firing at Dimapur. Also Read - TRP Scam: Arnab Goswami Paid me Rs 40 Lakhs to Fix Ratings, Says BARC ex-CEO Partho Dasgupta
Nagaland has been going through protest over reservation for women in the Urban local bodies polls. On Tuesday, in a connected protest, police had to open fire at protestors in Dimapur which killed two of them and injured at least 12. Similar violence also erupted in Lelong. As per reports, curfew has been imposed in Dimapur following Tuesday’s incident. Reportedly, authorities also blocked mobile internet services in the state for an indefinite period.
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Tuesday’s violence was linked to the fact that the government announced the Urban local bodies polls despite agreeing to defer the February 1 polls and this is what triggered the anger in the people in an already tensed situation. The people felt betrayed and they called for ‘lighting bandh’ across the state. Soon the Joint Coordination Committee announced an indefinite bandh from 6 pm on Tuesday. But soon youth assembled at the Tenyimi Union Dimapur complex and soon dispersed and headed to the Chief Minister’s Dimapur residence. It was then that the police set up barricades.
While the police initially deployed water cannon to disperse the mob, the mobs retaliated using catapult shots and other projectiles. This finally led to the police open firing on the protestors which killed 2 person and injured 5 in Dimapur and 7 in Lelong.