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NSCN (I-M) intimidating voters: Jamir
Press Trust of India, PTI
Kohima, February 20, 2003
First Published: 12:11 IST(13/2/2003)
Last Updated: 13:27 IST(20/2/2003)
Nagaland Chief Minister SC Jamir has accused Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M) of intimidating voters in certain areas as electioneering for the February 26 state assembly polls gathered steam amidst fear of violence in some parts.

Jamir said his government and the party had drawn the attention of the Election Commission and the Home Ministry to the activities of the separatist group resulting in fear among the electorate.

He alleged the NSCN (I-M) was threatening the voters despite its collective leadership, during its recent visit to Delhi, announcing the outfit's non-involvement in the polls.

At least one person was killed and 10 were injured in poll-related violence last week in the state with the ruling Congress complaining of intimidation and threats by NSCN(I-M) cadres in Mokokchung and Zunheboto districts.

Both the Election Commission and the state government have asserted all measures were being taken to conduct a free and fair poll.

Adequate police and para-military would be deployed in the state to maintain order, they said, adding all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police had been directed to monitor the situation.

Official sources said 75 companies of para-military forces would soon be deployed in the state.


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