Kohima: Protests have been raging in Nagaland over reservation for women in the civic polls. The chaos escalated on Thursday and spread all across the capital.
As thousands marched to the secretariat building, where all the ministers, including Chief Minister TR Zeliang are — the offices of the Municipal Council the District Commissioner were set ablaze. Other government offices were ransacked and vehicles torched. Central forces have been deployed in and around the secretariat building.
On Tuesday, at least two people died and more than 10 were injured in clashes between police and protesters.
Curfew had been imposed in the state’s commercial capital Dimapur. The authorities blocked mobile internet services in the state for an indefinite period and put additional security in place.
Several Naga tribals groups have been demanding that the state government not go ahead with the elections since it would have 33 per cent reservation for women.
The Joint Coordination Committee that they have formed claim it is an encroachment on the special protection that Nagaland has under Article 371(A) of the Constitution, which allows them to follow customary law which do not give women any political right.