144 killed in insurgency-related incidents so far this year

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Kohima, Sep 10 (UNI) Altogether 144 persons have been killed in insurgency-related incidents in Nagaland between January 1 to August 15 this year, state Home Minister Imkong L Imchen informed.

Replying to a question of Leader of the Opposition and Congress member Chingwang Konyak at the Assembly session here yesterday, Mr Imchen informed the House that out of the total 144 persons killed, 110 were cadres of various underground factions, 31 civilians and three security personnel.

He further informed the House that a total of 21 persons were arrested by police in connection with insurgency-related violence and booked under National Security Act.

Replying to a Supplementary Question of Congress Member I Imkong, Mr Imchen said the state government had provided financial assistance to the civilian victims.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio informed the House that Rs one lakh had been provided to the civilian victims and Rs five lakh to the security force personnel as per laid down rules.

Mr Imchen stated that from May 2006 to July 2008, the state police and security forces seized 155 pistols, 10 carbines and stenguns, 33 AK rifles, one SLR, 24 assorted rifles, 17 SBBL, 12 grenades and 15,344 rounds of assorted ammunition.

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