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Bombs blast in NPF office

Kohima, June 24: Two bombs rocked the Naga People’s Front (NPF) office at Mokokchung around midnight last night.

The NPF, the main constituent of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), said a grenade and a crude bomb exploded at the party office but no one was injured. Police are investigating into the blasts but no one has been arrested yet.

The bombs were hurled inside the office damaging furniture and office articles.

Former president of Mokokchung district NPF, Imtiyanger Ao, said it was the duty of the police and not the NPF to investigate and arrest the culprits.

After much hullabaloo NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu had dissolved the Mokokchung division of the NPF.

This could be the main reason for the attack on the office at Mokokchung by angry party workers.

A rift in the party has surfaced after chief minister T.R. Zeliang axed four senior cabinet ministers last month, including former home and health minister, Imkong L. Imchen, who is from Mokokchung district.

The NPF Mokokchung division and Imchen’s supporters have been protesting against dropping of the former health minister and sought clarification from the party central office in Kohima.

Last month, Imchen’s supporters had tried to ransack the party office in Mokokchung.

Imchen’s supporters said the axing of the heavyweight from Mokokchung district was unbecoming and unwarranted and that he was the man behind the consolidation of the party in the district.

NPF sources in Kohima said they did not rule out the hand of goons in the incident to damage Imchen’s image.

Mokokchung used to be a Congress bastion but Imchen has been credited for the consolidation of NPF in the district.

Unceremoniously removing Imchen has irked the NPF supporters in the district.

Last month, Zeliang axed Imchen and former minister for sports and youth resources, Merentoshi R. Jamir, both from Mokokchung and former minister for industries and commerce, Pangnyu Phom and former minister for school education, C.M. Chang from Longleng and Tuensang districts respectively.

Protests have also been staged in Longleng and Tuensang districts.

All four former cabinet ministers were reportedly not in favour of Zeliang to be the next chief minister.

In place of Imchen and Jamir, the new chief minister installed Nuklutoshi Ao and Benjongliba Ao as cabinet ministers.

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