Poll campaigns end, 144 CrPC imposed in whole of Mokokchung, security beefed up in International border

KOHIMA, Feb 25 (NEPS): Poll campaigns for the elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly have ended at 4 PM on Sunday. Polling will be held from 7 AM till 4 PM on February 27.

As election-related violence have already erupted in parts of Mokokchung district, the District Administration has clamped 144 CrPC today in the entire district to prevent any possible election-related violence.

It may be mentioned that two supporters of NPP candidate in the Chungtia Village under Mkokchung district received bullet injuries on Saturday. Before the incident, around 30 NPF supporters had entered into the Chungtia Village and this led to the clashes with the supporters of NPP candidate who hails from the Village.

There was apprehension that supporters of various rival candidates might create law and order problem before the poll, the District Administration has clamped 144 CrPC in the whole of Mokokchung District today, says Abhijit Sinha, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Nagaland on Sunday.

144 CrPC was first imposed in Tuli areas after election-related violence erupted there and this was followed by imposition of another 144 CrPC in Longkhum areas. Now the entire Mokokchung District has been placed under 144 CrPC to prevent any people from creating disturbances before and during the polls, the CEO stated. He also says Longkhum, Chungtia, Chuchuyimlang, Tuli and Aliba villages are highly vulnerable and further discloses that sufficient State and Central security personnel have already been positioned in these areas to prevent any election-related violence.

When asked whether any Naga underground cadres have been involving in election-related violence, he says, “Surprisingly, there is no case of any Naga underground armed cadres involving in election-related issues except the report of one NSCN (IM) cadre was found involving in Longkhum area.”

They have to keep on vigil tonight, he says and further states that “We have to be on guard.”

“We already have more than 250 Companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), besides personnel from State’s 13 Battalions,” the CEO says. “We hope there should not be any problem as far as security measures are concerned.”

With regard to International border areas, Sinha says AR jawans have already beefed up their patrolling and been keeping vigil round the clock.

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