The violence in Nagaland has come under control, as paramilitary and police forces have been deployed in large numbers. It may be recalled that earlier, on Thursday, violent mobs had burned down government buildings in protest against the municipal elections. The violent protests were triggered due to the killing of two protesters in police firing on Tuesday. The police firing occurred in the State’s economic hub Dimapur, resulting in Thursday’s violence in the State’s capital Kohima. The bodies of the two protesters killed in police firing were buried today, after an agreement was reached between the tribal organizations and the governor.
The protesters are opposed to the urban local body polls, which provide 33% reservation to women candidates. The protesters say that women are not allowed to participate in politics, as it’s against their culture and tradition. The protesters are also demanding the resignation of chief minister TR Zeliang and his cabinet. However, the CM has refused to step down saying that the demand is unreasonable and unconstitutional. He said that the government had unquestionable majority and support of the entire assembly.
Nagaland director general of police LL Doungel said that the situation is under control and there are no new reports of violence from anywhere. He added that the curfew has been lifted from some parts of Kohima, but it is still active in Dimapur.