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Zunheboto clash death toll rises

Kohima, Jan. 24: One of the persons injured during the December 28-30 confrontation between a group of people and cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) at Mukalimi village in Zunheboto district died in Shillong last evening.

The death toll has gone up to three with the death of 25-year-old Nipulo Chishi, who was admitted to a hospital in Shillong.

He was shifted to Shillong recently after his condition deteriorated because of an injury in his abdomen.

His body was airlifted to Dimapur by a chopper this afternoon for a public funeral service at Chekiye village near Dimapur and later taken to Zunheboto for another funeral service.

He will be buried near Sukhalu village, nearly 6km from Zunheboto where the Sumi Hoho has designated the place as “Sumi martyrs’ grave”.

The Hoho has decided to observe December 28 as Sumi Martyrs’ Day. It has also hailed the victims as “heroes”.

The incident occurred when a group of youth had tried to storm the ZB battalion of the government of the people’s republic of Nagalim (GPRN) of NSCN.

During the three-day confrontation, at least five persons were injured, which included Nipulo. One of the injured person’s right arm was also amputated in a Dimapur hospital. The Hoho has severed all ties with the NSCN (I-M) and decided not to pay taxes to the group.

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