Violence in Nagaland: Modi backs CM Zeliang; asks protesters to maintain peace

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Kohima, Feb 3: In the last few days, the northeastern state of Nagaland has witnessed violent incidents across the state over 33% reservation of seats for women in local body elections.

On Thursday, the situation went out of control when protesters set on fire several official buildings in Dimapur--the commercial hub--and Kohima--the capital city--of Nagaland.

Nagaland Violence

However, officials say the situation is under control on Friday, after a night of violence and arson, as army personnel were deployed across the state.

On Friday, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told ANI that Narendra Modi government backs the incumbent Chief Minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang.

"We have to save Nagaland CM. We understand people's sentiments, but it is not right to attack the cabinet. We appeal to people to talk to the government," Rijiju added. The Home Ministry is scheduled to have a meeting to discuss situation in Nagaland and neighbouring Manipur on Friday afternoon.

The protesters are mainly demanding the resignation of Nagaland CM and his entire cabinet following the death of two persons in anti-Urban Local Bodies poll agitation in Dimapur on Tuesday. However, Zeliang has rejected the demand of the agitators.

Earlier, the Nagaland Tribes Action Committee, representing different tribal organisations, had served an ultimatum to Zeliang and his cabinet to resign by 4 pm on Thursday.

In view of the violence, the Kohima district administration has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in certain areas including Raj Bhavan, Ministers' Hill, and Jail Colony. The curfew came into effect from 9:30 pm on Thursday and would continue till further order, a notification said.

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