Security measures beefed up in Phek

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Kohima, Apr 15 (UNI) Security measures have been beefed up in the Phek district of Nagaland following the growing incidents of rape and looting vehicle passengers.

Phek Deputy Commissioner Moangwati, in a statement here today, said the district administration had organised joint operations by deploying paramilitary forces, District Executive Forces (DEF) of police, Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel in the town and villages on a regular basis.

He added that a number of handguns, explosives and live cartridges and mobile phones of the underground cadres were seized in recent operations.

He also informed that round-the-clock highway patrols were being conducted and BSF personnel were manning the check gates for frisking the vehicles.

The District Level Coordination Group, a branch of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group, with the Deputy Commissioner as the Chairman, was also set up.

The members of the Coordination Group are the Commandants of the fifth NAP, 33rd Assam Rifles, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Headquarters, District Police administration, presidents of the Chakhesang Mothers' Association (CMA), Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO), Pochury Public Forum and the Gaon Burahs and Dobhashis Forum of Phek.

Mr Moangwati also appealed to the people to refrain from harbouring factional elements both in the villages and towns.

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