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“Aggravated situation” at Diezephe and Tseithrongse villages

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 10: Situation in two villages, Diezephe and Tseithrongse villages, under Chumoukedima district, aggravated early Saturday morning when people from both the villages engaged in destruction of properties and arson.
Sources from Diezephe village alleged that at around 8.30 to 9 p.m., youths from Tseithrongse village armed with weapons destroyed properties in Diezephe village over a land dispute.
Sources said that the youths vandalized resting sheds, houses, plantations, etc. and also resorted to blank firing and threatened the villagers.
In retaliation, the Diezephe villagers also allegedly burned down houses in Tsiethrongse village, sources said.
However, the situation was brought under control with the intervention of the district administration and police, which reach the spot and calmed down the villagers.
The Chumoukedima district administration asked both sides to refrain from any such activities and assuring them to take the issue at the highest level.
Police is maintaining vigil in the area to prevent any such untoward incident.
Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of Diezhephe, Tseithronge villages along with the ENPO, tribal bodies, district administration and police has been convened on February 12 at Chumoukedima.
Administrative sources said though situation has been brought under control, investigation into today’s incident would continue.
Meanwhile, citing breach of law and order, the Commissioner of Police and District Magistrate of Dimapur, Kevithuto Sophie, has imposed prohibitive orders under Section 144 CrPC at Diezephe Village and Tsithrongse Village in Chumoukedima District.
“Whereas, the undersigned is satisfied that on February 10, 2024, there has been breach of law & order/damage of public and private properties at Diezephe Village and Tsithrongse Village under Chumoukedima District.
“And whereas, situation warrants to initiate compelling action to restore peace and prevent further breach of law & order”, stated an order issued on Saturday.
Accordingly, the CP has barred assembly of more than 5 persons, carrying lethal weapons and firearms including lathis, dagger/machete, sticks, spears, catapults or any other dangerous articles within Diezephe Village and Tsithrongse Village, also along the road stretch from Singrijan Village Junction towards Urra Village.
The order, which came into effect at 6 p.m., will remain operational until further order.
Also, to prevent worsening of law and order situation, the CP issued another order directing all arms licence holders of the two villages to deposit their licensed arms to the nearest police station with immediate effect.
“Whereas, the undersigned is satisfied that there has been breach of law and order and destruction of public and private properties at Diezephe Village and Tsithrongse Village, under Chumoukedima District.
“And whereas, situation warrants to initiate compelling action to restore peace and prevent further breach of law and order”, stated an order issued on Saturday.
It warned that failure to comply with the order would invite prosecution under the Arms Act of 1959 and lead to cancellation of arms licence.
(Page News Service)

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