Security beefed up in Nagaland

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Kohima, Aug 14 (UNI) Nagaland was today brought under a security umbrella and its border with Assam sealed on the eve of the Independence day.

Security has been beefed up in all border areas with Assam in Dimapur, Mokokchung, Wokha, Longleng and Mon districts, fearing sneaking of rebels.

Official sources said there was no boycott call from any rebel outfit of Nagaland as they were celebrating 'Naga independence day' today.

Security had also been beefed up in district headquarters, including capital Kohima, to stop movement of rebels to check inter-factional clash during tomorrow's celebration.

Police, with the help of Para-Military forces, conducted intensive checking, frisking and patrolling in all vulnerable areas of Kohima and district headquarters.

Nagaland's commercial hub and the entry point of the state Dimapur town was under strict security and the district administration was keeping the Army and Assam Rifles as stand-by to thwart possible outbreak of inter-factional clashes.

Meanwhile, the stage is set to celebrate the 61st Independence Day tomorrow and all Deputy Commissioners had ordered government officials to attend the celebration.

The main function will be held at the Secretariat Plaza inside the Nagaland Secretariat complex, where the national tricolour will be unfurled by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

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