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Villagers flee as extremists cross fire

Seventeen houses of the villages were gutted and two others destroyed.

 
Itanagar: 

Over 100 villagers in Arunachal Pradesh were forced to flee after turf war between two factions of extremist group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was reported.

Residents of Ojakho and Chasa villages in Tirap district of the state fled after they were caught in Thursday’s cross firing, official soucres said.

Seventeen houses of the villages were gutted and two others destroyed, the sources said.

The police headquarters claimed that paramilitary forces had intensified patrolling in Borduria and Chasa areas following reports of inter-factional clashes between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) there.

State chief minister Nabam Tuki has directed the police and the forces to act without any delay.

“It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the security and safety of the life and property of the people and the state government will do what is needed,” Tuki said.

About 60 NSCN (K) cadre camping in nearby Longmai village and about 50 NSCN (IM) cadre camping in Chatong village began the gun fighting.

Three AK series rifles and over 100 live rounds were found by the district police during search operations from the spot.

Source: business standard

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