KOHIMA, Apr 25 (NEPS): Today, another Assam Rifles jawan was shot dead at broad daylight near Red Cross, Kohima by unidentified gunmen. The incident took place at about 1 PM when the jawans were patrolling. The jawan who was shot dead is identified as Rawat.
Eyewitnesses told NEPS that three unidentified gunmen were seen fleeing through the thoroughfare towards Mizo Church after committing the crime. So far no arrest has been made.
Security has been intensified and heavy frisking going on in the state capital.
Luckily much before the incident, this morning at about 8 there was a procession in connection with World Malaria Day Awareness from Fira Hotel to Old MLA Hostel Junction by hundreds of school students and passing through the very route where today’s unfortunate incident took place. Some panicky students asked, “What would be the consequences if this unfortunate incident took place when such procession was going on?”
It may be mentioned that one month ago on March 26, unidentified miscreants also ambushed on the Assam Rifles jawans near IG Stadium causing injuries to four jawans, two of them seriously.
Just 10 days ago on April 15, a crude bomb exploded at National High Way 2 near Larie Junction, Kohima but no one injured. Again the next day on April 16, another bomb went off at the same National Highway 2, again near Larie Colony, Kohima, injuring at least three innocent people.
The citizens of the state capital, Kohima, start feeling insecure now.
Meanwhile Home Minister Y Patton strongly condemned today’s incident and urged the state police to nab the culprits. He also urged both the Government of India and the NSCN (K) to extend the ceasefire which expires on April 27 this month for the larger interest of the settlement of the long drawn out Naga political issue once and for all.