High alert sounded in Kohima

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Kohima, Jun 7: Capital Kohima was brought under a security blanket and a high alert sounded following 'operations flush out' against warring NSCN insurgents in Dimapur town.

The district administration tightened security with the deployment of personnel from Assam Rifles, CRPF, Indian Reserve Battalion(IRD) and Nagaland Armed Police(NAP).

In Dimapur, the district administration, with the help of security forces, conducted a joint 'flush out operation' in and around the town yesterday and evicted hundreds of armed cadres of the underground factions.

A large number of NCSN(IM) and NSCN(K) ultras had been killed in factional clashes in and around Dimapur.

Dimapur Deputy Commissioner Maongwati Aier, briefing newsmen last night, said that as per the decision of the state government to implement the Cease-Fire Ground Rules(CFGR), especially in Dimapur town following frequent clashes between rival factions of NSCN, the district administrations had ordered all the cadres to vacate civilian areas.

In Kohima, official sources said Deputy Commissioner Sachopra Vero convened an emergency meeting of District Coordination Committee yesterday with the Commandant of 26th Assam Rifles, Superintendent of Police, Commanding Officer of 4th NAP and Additional Deputy Commissioiner of Tserminyu and reviewed the situation.

More personnel had already been deployed at the Motor Vehicle Check Points (MVCP) to frisk vehicles and stop movement of armed cadres. Besides, they will conduct normal patrolling in all areas.

Three columns of Assam Rifles had been deployed to man the MVCP and conduct round-the-clock patrolling.

The meeting also warned all civilians against sheltering armed cadres and said any violation was a punishable offence.

Although, so far there was no mass concentration of armed cadres in Kohima, the security agencies were keeping a strong vigil on the shelters of the underground cadres. The meeting decided to conduct 'operation flush-out' if the situation demands.

Sources said the Deputy Commissioner was expected to convene another meeting of the Chairmen of different ares, wards and colonies, Gaon Burahs and Dobhasis, NGOs and senior leaders of the town to discuss the ground realities and preparedness.

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