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Security forces launch joint operation

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Feb 16 � The Assam Rifles, Nagaland police and IRB have launched a joint operation to contain the volatile situation and enforce rule of law in Tuensang town.

In an early morning operation on Sunday, two persons were arrested from a place in the outskirts of the town. Sources said a 12 bore gun with live ammunition and other assorted arms, gun powder and four detonators were recovered from their possession.

In another operation, Mahila IRB personnel while conducting vehicle check in the town area arrested two persons along with two country-made pistols.

With the arrest of the four, the number of people arrested in connection with the ongoing violence in Tuensang town has gone upto 13.

Tuensang police has registered cases under Arms Act, Explosive Substance Act and NLTP Act in connection with the arrests and seizures.

On February 14, police recovered the body of a 15-year old boy, a student of class IX, who was abducted and later shot dead. The victim was identified as Lamji Chingmak Chang. Nine people were picked up as suspects in connection with the murder and forwarded to judicial custody.

When the news of the killing spread, a large mob gathered at the DC�s office in Tuensang and began ransacking and vandalising the office. Police had to resort to firing in order to disperse the mob during which four were injured and taken to hospital. They were later released after treatment.

Sources said though the situation is �very tense�, it has been under control after re-promulgation of Section 144 CrPC since February 14. The State Government has sent another company of 11 IRB as reinforcement yesterday. The district police, Assam Rifles and eight companies of IRB have been deployed in and around Tuensang town to enforce law and order, sources said.

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