No fresh violence in Kohima as prohibitory orders continue
Prohibitory orders promulgated by the Kohima district administration under section 144 CrPC in certain areas here continued to be in force with no reports of untoward incident on Friday, after a day of violent protests in parts of Nagaland.
Prohibitory orders were in force in areas including Raj Bhavan, chief minister's official residence and civil secretariat.
Nagaland director general of police L L Dougel said the Police, CRPF and Assam Rifles have secured the Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister's official residence and the Civil Secretariat.
A mob went on a rampage on Thursday to vent their anger against the killing of two protesting youths in police action on Tuesday and their opposition to the ongoing elections to urban local bodies.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC), representing different tribal organisations, has decided to proceed with the burial of the two bodies on Friday. Earlier on Friday, the people from all walks of life participated in a peaceful prayer service in the heart of the state capital for the two protesting youths who were killed in police firing at Dimapur on Tuesday.
The prayer service was conducted by the Kohima Baptist Pastors' Fellowship at the spot where the bodies have been kept since Wednesday evening.
Neiphiu Rio, the lone Lok Sabha MP from the state and former chief minister, attended the prayer service and laid wreaths on the bodies.
"No elected goverenment should go against the wishes and voice of the people," he said, describing the entire episode as "tragic".
He blamed the state government for "misusing" their power against the wishes of the people. Replying to a query whether President's Rule can be imposed in the state, he said, "It depends on the central government." Nagaland Governor P B Acahrya, who also holds the dual charge of Arunachal Pradesh, arrived here from Itanagar, Raj Bhavan sources said.
Centre asks Assam Rifles to ensure safety of Nagaland CM
The Centre on Friday asked Assam Rifles to ensure safety of Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang, amid ongoing violent protests in parts of the state protesting 33 per cent reservation for women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). "I have talked to the Director General, Assam Rifles and told him that the Nagaland Chief Minister and his residence have to be saved," Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said. He also appealed agitating people to shun violence. "We understand the sentiments of the people, but this is no way that you attack the cabinet and vandalise government (institutions)," the Minister said on the sidelines of a function here. He asked people to understand the attempts made by "some forces" who are trying to provide tool to the agitation. Rijiju said central forces have already been deployed there to ensure safety of people. The Nagaland government has been facing stiff opposition from tribal bodies over introduction of 33 per cent reservation for women in the urban local bodies. The urban local bodies elections have been due in the state for over 16 years. The Zeliang government decided to hold the polls following an interim Supreme Court order in a case filed by the Naga Mothers' Association for a directive to the state government to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in the ULBs.