DIMAPUR, Dec 23 � After the Naharbari face-off on December 19 in Dimapur, the two warring NSCN factions � Khaplang and Khole-Kitovi � seem to have taken their hostility to Zunheboto district.
According to reports received here, cadres of NSCN (Khaplang) attacked a designated camp of the GPRN/NSCN located at Ghukiye village, some five kilometers from Zunheboto town on Thursday.
Sources said members of NSCN-K attacked the camp located at early morning. The gun battle which began at 6. 35 am continued till 8.15 am, they said.
During the clash, one sentry guard belonging to the GPRN/NSCN and identified as Ihoto Sumi was shot dead. Three others were injured.
Sources said there was around seven-eight cadres of the GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) manning the designated camp. The village is a designated camp approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Sources said the situation continued to remain tense in the designated camp area as well as in Zunheboto town with reports of re-inforcement coming in from both the warring groups with another anticipated showdown.
It may be recalled that on Monday, GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) opposing the setting up of a Cease Fire Supervisory Board sub-office of NSCN (K) at Naharbari attacked the proposed designated camp where around 30 members of the NSCN (K) group were camping.
The intermittent exchange of gun fire which lasted throughout the day and continued till the evening came to an end after members of the NSCN-K agreed to vacate the office with assurance from the State police that they would be escorted to their designated camp at Surohoto in Zunheboto district.