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Man dies in group clash
- Sec. 144 clamped in Dimapur

Kohima, Sept. 1: The Dimapur district administration imposed Section 144 CrPC in Dimapur town today after a violent clash at 6th Mile resulted in the death of a man and serious injuries to two persons.

The incident was triggered by the custodial death of a man from Dimapur at Kohima village yesterday morning.

The man, identified as Kivika Sema, succumbed to his injuries at the Kohima village panchayat hall after he was caught near Indira Gandhi stadium here around 3am yesterday and beaten up by Kohima Village Youth Organisation volunteers while allegedly trying to steal a motorcycle from Daklane colony.

Sema was then taken to Oking hospital for treatment and later confined to the panchayat hall where he succumbed to his injuries.

The youth organisationís volunteers were on 24-hour patrolling after an increasing number of vehicles were reported stolen in Kohima.

Reacting to his death, some youths forcibly closed down shops and business establishments in Dimapur today and vandalised chief minister Neiphiu Rioís Naithu Resort at 6th Mile and another resort at Seithikima village.

Local people tried to stop the youths, resulting in stone throwing and firing that led to the death of one person and injured at least two, besides stalling traffic on NH29.

Senior officials, leaders of Naga NGOs and police officials have rushed to the spot to defuse the situation.

The Angami Youth Organisation has vehemently condemned the custody death of Sema and asked the government to bring the culprits to book.

Dimapur deputy commissioner N. Hushili Sema clamped Section 144 CrPC on the town this evening, banning congregation of five or more persons within town limits. Magistrates and law enforcement agencies are, however, exempt from the purview of the order.