Kohima, Jun 5: The Dimapur district administration has decided to carry out joint operations in Dimapur to flush out underground cadres within 24 hours.
Dimapur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Maongwati Aier told newspersons here yesterday that the decision had been taken following the frequent inter-factional clashes between the rival factions of the NSCN despite the order of the district administration and appeals to the underground outfits to vacate civilian places.
The DC convened a meeting of the District Co-ordination Group, attended by Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, Additional Director General of Police (Operation) O Alem, Dimapur Superintendent of Police Lirimo Lotha, Assam Rifles officials, CRPF, Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Nagaland Armed Police (NAP), representatives from Naga Council, Naga Mothers' Association of Dimapur, Gaon Burahs (GB) and Dobhasis (DB) and several tribal Hohos.
Mr Aier said the meeting had decided to take up the flush out operation and decided to retaliate if any of the faction resorted to firing while conducting flushing operations.
He said the entire Dimapur district had been divided into five zones and the Coordination Group had appointed five Sector Magistrates and five Sector Commanders, which included Assam Rifles, CRPF and NAP.
In order to ensure security and safety to the citizens, the appointed Magistrates and Commanders would work in co-ordination with ward GBs and DBs.
He also informed that 14 companies of security forces were presently patrolling Dimapur town and an additional two companies would be arriving soon.
The DC further warned that harbouring cadres of any faction was an offence and appealed for co-operation from the civil societies in this regard.