Collapse for Nagaland begins as state’s social capital crumbles
Bomb attacks near legislators’ houses in Kohima
Dimapur, February 21
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]erceived as the visible consequences of the many years of administrative incapacity, complacent police administration and the failure of community leaderships in Nagaland, instances of open confrontation and violence have begun to increase. The effects of unchecked lawlessness, policy failure have begun showing similar to the ones witnessed in the 80s when The latest instance is the open show of violence on the lives of legislators – Parliamentary Secretary Deo Nukhu is the latest victim of a bomb attack. On February 21, Saturday, in Kohima reports have been received here that a bomb explosion took place near the residence of Deo Nukhu and another Parliamentary Secretary Vikheho Swu.Just a few days ago, on February 18, unidentified gunmen shot at the residence of legislator Dr. Benjongliba Aier in Dimapur and possibly a grenade attack after the explosive was found in the premises of his residence.
Civil society has expressed widespread outrage at the violence. Churches, civil organizations and units of the Naga People’s Front (NPF issued various statements calling for capture of the criminals as well as demanding the state government agencies to wake up to the growing violence in the state.
Find the ‘architect’ behind the transgression – CPO
The Chakhesang Public Organization has vehemently denounced the ‘dastardly attempt on the selected members and innocent lives of the public in general in the two incidents’ such as the attack on Dr. Benjongliba Aier’s residence in Dimapur and the bomb explosion near the residence of Deo Nukhu and Vikheho Swu, both parliamentary secretaries today in Kohima town.
“The savageous venture with hatred at heart endangers the very existence of trust and faith amongst the Nagas. The CPO calls upon every right thinking individual to condemn the childish acts of perpetrators who is adorned with satanic medals,” a message from the organization stated on Saturday.
The CPO appreciated the timely intervention of the Assam Rifles and the police, “which brought relief and peace in the minds of its denizens.”
The organization has demanded investigations from the authorities to capture the perpetrators “and the architect behind” to serve before justice.
Start taking action, government told
Community organizations have demanded to the Nagaland government and its agencies to capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Zhavame Union of Kohima and the Razeba Public Organization has demanded that the authorities find the culprits responsible for the violence, at the earliest. In a separate message the Zhavame Union of Kohima denounced what it called the “cowardly act of anti-social elements” responsible for the attack on the private residence of Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education Deo Nukhu.
The union stated that vehicles parked along the roadside were damaged even as fear psychosis was created in the minds of citizens. The union has questioned the motives of the perpetrators. “…it is highly repulsive and intolerable. Such dastardly act display the primitive mindset of the perpetrators and does not have a place in a civilized society,” it stated.
The union has asked the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. The Razeba Public Organization of Kohima has also demanded an investigation into the incident. Expressing shock at the bomb blast “triggered by some unscrupulous miscreants,” the organization denounced the ‘dastardly act of intimidation on its leader and other innocent citizens’.
Stating that ‘such abominable and cowardly act has no place in a civilized society and deserves condemnation by all peace loving citizens,’ the union has demanded that the law enforcing agencies investigate and book the culprits at the earliest.