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Last-minute shoppers choke roads

Kohima, Dec. 24: Kohima and Dimapur today witnessed heavy traffic jams because of last-minute Christmas shopping.

Most of the markets in Kohima, including the second-hand market in the downtown area, were packed with shoppers till late evening.

Churches in Kohima and Dimapur are decorated for Christmas. Special carol programmes and prayers will be held throughout the night in all the churches.

People belonging to other religions were also seen exchanging Christmas gifts and wishing merry Christmas to their friends and relatives.

Uptal Roy, a government employee, said he was in Dimapur to celebrate Christmas and New Year with his family.

Ahidur Abdul Rehman, a construction worker from Assam, presented a Christmas cake to his Naga neighbour. “The world will be a peaceful place to live if we adopt religious tolerance,” Rehman said.

Governor Nikhil Kumar, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, leader of the Opposition Tokheho Yepthomi, Nagaland PCC president Sungit Jamir, the BJP, Naga People’s Front, Nagaland Baptist Church Council and Nagas militant groups have greeted the people on Christmas. They have called for peace and unity amongst people.

The NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) has declared cessation of hostilities with the rival groups during the festive season. It has directed all its cadres to confine themselves to the designated camps. “No matter what differences we have with our adversaries, we will celebrate Christmas in true Christian manner,” the outfit said.