DIMAPUR, June 7 - Unidentified miscreants targeted two top leaders of ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland on two successive days by firing shots at their residences.
On late Thursday night, unidentified gunmen fired automatic weapons at the residence of newly-elected NDPP MLA Sharingain Longkumer at Arai Mile along National Highway 29 here. Longkumer was not at home at the time of shooting.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen, travelling in a vehicle, fired shots at the residential gate of the MLA on Thursday night before speeding off. The gate bore five bullet marks and 14 empty shells of AK-47 rifles were recovered from the spot by the police.
Longkumer was elected to the Nagaland Assembly on an NDPP ticket in the byelection to Aonglenden Assembly constituency last month.
Dimapur commissioner of police Aotemsu said the police are studying the CCTV footage of the highway. He hoped a breakthrough in the case will emerge from the CCTV footage.
In a similar incident late Wednesday night, unidentified gunmen fired multiple shots at the residence of NDPP secretary general Abu Metha at Sovima village here. Metha is also adviser to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Sources said the miscreants, who came in a white car, fired three shots outside Metha�s entrance gate at around 10.30 pm. An hour later, the gunmen returned in three vehicles and fired multiple shots at the gate again. The gate bore nine bullet marks.
Police recovered 24 empty cases of AK-47 rifles from the spot. Metha was at home with his family when the firing took place. Dimapur police have constituted a five-member special investigation team to probe the incident at Metha�s house.
The modus operandi of both the shooting incidents appeared similar. No motive behind the incidents could be ascertained and no arrest has been made till the time of filing this story.
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, Opposition Naga People�s Front (NPF) and NDPP on Friday condemned the firing incidents at the residences of Metha and Longkumer.