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4 injured in grenade blast

A day after NSCN (K) issued its quit notice on families of GPRN/NSCN residing in Dimapur, a hand grenade was hurled inside the compound of GPRN/NSCN chaplee secretary Kideon Zhimomi’s residence Friday around 7:30 p.m. at Diphupar injuring his six year old son, his guard and another person.
It may be recalled, that NSCN (K) had issued quit notice to GPRN/NSCN in retaliation against the “forcible eviction” of 30 family members of its ‘gen’ Niki Sumi in Narharbari by GPRN/NSCN. Those injured in Friday’s bomb attack besides Kideon and his son, included two others, later identified as- GPRN/NSCN ‘sergeant’ Bokato Sumi, son of Dolokhu Sumi of Vihokhu village and a PA/sound system operator, Sentimongba, son of S. Madem of Burma Camp colony, Dimapur.

Bomb shrapnel injured Kideon on the chin; his son on the throat; while Bokato sustained injury on the right arm and the sound operator on the back of the neck.

Residents nearby thought that the sound of bomb explosion might have been among exploding diwali crackers.

According to family members, Kideon and his family had hosted the “revival hour” in their residence when the bomb was hurled in the compound.

They said a tent had been erected for the meeting and when the bomb was hurled, it first landed on the roof of the house before hitting the ground and exploding.

A doctor attending to the injured told Nagaland Post that though those injured had lost a lot of blood, yet they were out of danger.

Meanwhile, talking to Nagaland Post, some neighbours disclosed that after the blast, one person was seen rushing to a black colour Maruti Alto parked nearby. When the car could not start, some people unknowingly helped by pushing the car to start after which it sped away.  Later SDPO Dimapur Rale Aye and Diphupar Police Station OC K Angami inspected the site. Police suspected the bomb used was a hand grenade.

Also talking to Nagaland Post, GPRN/NSCN MIP kilonser N Metha blamed NSCN (K) for the bomb attack and termed the act as “foolish” and “without brain”.

Asserting that there should be peace amongst the Nagas, Metha asked why there cannot be peace and understanding among Nagas when “we could have cease-fire” and coming to an “understanding” with the government of India.

He reiterated that GPRN/NSCN was for peace and “unification” and that his group would continue to adhere to maintenance of peace and tranquillity. Terming the incident as “unfortunate”, the MIP kilonser said that such act should not continue and thanked God that no life was lost.

On the conflict between NSCN (K) ‘gen.’ Niki Sümi and GPRN/NSCN kilonser Mulatonu that precipitated the current crisis, Metha pointed out that Niki also defected from GPRN/NSCN to NSCN (K) with “lots of arms”. He said the GPRN/NSCN did not harbour anything against Niki on the matter and therefore he (Niki) should not likewise, since arms belong to whole of Nagas and were meant for the protection of Nagas.

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