Nagaland: clashes over stolen bike, 2 dead

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dimapur
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  • Updated: Sep 02, 2012 00:18 IST

The Dimapur district administration on Saturday issued curfew orders following an ethnic clash between the Sumi and Angami tribes that had its genesis in a stolen motorcycle in state capital Kohima on Friday.

Two persons, including a woman, died in the clashes across Dimapur town, Nagaland’s commercial hub 75km from Kohima.

According to police officials, trouble started when a Sumi youth accused of stealing a bike in Kohima died after members of an Angami organisation allegedly thrashed him.

Kohima is dominated by Angamis while Dimapur is a Sumi stronghold.

Among the properties that were damaged was a resort on the outskirts of Dimapur owned by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s son. Rio belongs to the Angami tribe.

 

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