Election violence continues unabated at Koridang

Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 25

 

Sounds of gunfire once again rattled Koridang Assembly Constituency in Mokokchung district on February 25 upping apprehension in an already tense atmosphere. Initial reports stated that it was connected to an ambush bid in which an aid of a candidate was reportedly targeted.

 

Official sources maintained that the ambush report could not be ascertained but added there was a firing incident. The sources said that the incident occurred around 7:00-7:30am at a spot falling in between Longkhum and Alichen. The shots though were said to have been fired in the air, it was added.

 

One person, who was travelling in a vehicle at the time of the incident, was allegedly injured. As per the sources, the person was said to have been grazed by a bullet on the arm.

 

The constituency will see a stiff three- way contest in the coming election with incumbent NPF bigwig and 3-time MLA Imkong L. Imchen and two challengers – NPP’s T. Chalukumba Ao and NDPP’s C. Lima Imchen.

 

Cr.PC 144 promulgated
in entire Mokokchung dist

 

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung has promulgated prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr.PC in the whole of Mokokchung district. The promulgation took effect at 4:00pm on February 25 and will remain in force till February 28.

 

“The Law and Order Situation in the District has been reviewed and information of possible breach of peace, disturbance of public tranquillity is anticipated in the District of Mokokchung… there is every reason to believe that unknown miscreants and disgruntled persons may attempt to create disorder and trouble… interfering in the smooth and fair conduct of elections and thereby may cause a breach of peace of public tranquillity,” the DC’s order stated.

 

The order also prohibited the assembly of 5 or more persons and carrying of firearms, stones, lathis (baton/stick), explosive materials or any such items till the order is revoked.

 

“This order shall not apply to Government Officials involved in the conduct of elections and maintenance of Law and Order and essential services.”

 

No parking zone will also be imposed in Mokokchung Town from February 26-17 in the following places: (1) From Imlong place to Imkongmeren Sports Complex (IM Road) (2) From Imlong Place to BOC (AM Road).