Dimapur, June 8: Violence-hit people of Nagaland prayed for restoration of peace in the state. Scores of locals braved the rain and marched on the streets of Dimapur on Saturday for an end to the era of violence they had witnessed. The crusade, culmination of seven days' of prayer and fasting by the locals was organised by the Northeast India Christian Revival Church. The locals said that they wanted a respite from the gunshots, which had destroyed peace in the state.
"People in Nagaland are fed up of killings and want divine intervention into this problem and we want peace," said Neivotso Neikha, the organiser.
Since 1947, Naga rebels have been demanding the creation of a separate "Greater Nagaland" for ethnic Naga people of the region. About 20,000 people have been killed in the conflict, but a 1997 truce had largely capped violence, although peace talks had made little progress since.