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NPF supporters burn effigy, party flags

Kohima, June 25: Hundreds of Naga People’s Front (NPF) supporters continued their protests in Mokokchung today against dissolution of the district unit of the party by burning the effigy of party president Shurhozelie Liezietsu and party flags.

Earlier, the district unit had protested against axing of two cabinet ministers in the last cabinet reshuffle held in May.

Yesterday around midnight, suspected NPF members lobbed two bombs at the NPF office at Mokokchung damaging several office properties. No one was hurt during the blasts.

Former home and health minister, Imkong L. Imchen and former minister for sports and youth resource Merentoshi R. Jamir were axed and replaced by Nuklutoshi Ao and Bengjongliba Ao. Since then there have been protests in Mokokchung asking for clarification from the central office in Kohima.

Liezietsu could not be contacted, but sources said the central office is contemplating to take similar actions against Longleng division of the NPF and the Noksen Assembly constituency in Tuensang for going against the directives of the central office here.

Imchen has also criticised the party high command and warned that such action of the party president should not be a beginning of disintegration of the NPF. The former minister who is currently camping in Mokokchung has criticised the bomb blasts but at the same time said dissolution of the party unit was uncalled for.

Imchen has been credited by his supporters for consolidation of party in Mokokchung — once a bastion of the Congress.

New chief minister T.R. Zeliang dropped four cabinet ministers who were reportedly opposed him running for the chief minister’s post.

Sources here said the party high command is most likely to take certain action against disgruntled members of the party, including the elected members.

An NPF insider said the party in Mokokchung is sharply divided, but so far no senior party leader has visited Mokokchung to assess the situation.