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Schools stay open during Durga Puja

Kohima, Oct. 25: The decision of some schools to remain open even after the state government declared holidays on October 23 and 24 for Durga Puja, has been met with surprise in many quarters.

Some of the student unions here, which include the Naga Studentsí Federation, expressed surprise at the decision but declined to comment.

Most schools, however, followed the government order and remained closed on three days from October 22 to 24, apart from some private schools, which defied the order.

However, some young Nagas added flavour to Puja celebrations as they were seen visiting pandals along with their friends.

The main pandals was erected in downtown Kohima where thousands thronged to offer prayer to the goddess.

There were around 11 pandals set up in Kohima while in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland, there were around 45 pandals.

Several Naga organisations, governor Nikhil Kumar, chief minister Neiphiu Rio and other leaders had greeted the people on the occasion of Durga Puja and urged people to maintain peace and communal harmony.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state during the celebrations.

In Kohima, elaborate security measures were undertaken by the authorities during the celebrations, which passed off peacefully with the immersion of Goddess Durga on Wednesday.

Business houses remained opened even on Sundays in Dimapur during the Pujas, despite murmurings from certain quarters.